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6/1/16 – Your future planning should always include God

Published: Wednesday, 08 June 2016 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”  As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.  If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.   James 4:13-27

All throughout the book of James, there is a comparison of worldliness and Godliness.  These are given so that you can determine if your attitudes and behaviors are motivated by the world or by God.  I encourage you to read the book of James to get an idea of where your worldview is positioned in all that you do.

 

For example, the passage above speaks about how a person can become focused on what the future may bring from a worldly perspective.  It gives the Godly perspective by saying, “What is your life?”  It goes on to allow you to think about being a mist that appears for a little while and then disappears.  This understanding certainly puts into perspective how foolish and empty it is to live waiting on the future when God has determined for your life to be comparatively short.  The passage is very clear that everything, even the future, should be entrusted to God.   Believers should allow His will to be done.

Those people who do become preoccupied with the future are described as proud and arrogant.  Boasting about your plans for the future that does not include God is considered as evil.  I hope this is a shock to you as much as it was to me.  Everything about our lives should be placed in the hands of God and never removed.

The last sentence in the passage above does not appear to fit the context.  However, by meditating on that verse you can see that God has a plan and purpose for your life that will glorify Him.  God desires to show you His will through the leading of the Holy Spirit.  To put our own plans ahead of God’s will is sin.  Our own plans are usually wrapped around the flesh that is inside each of us.  God may show a Believer what His will is (the “good”), but that Believer may ignore God’s will and not do it.  God’s plans are always to glorify Him and Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.  His plans are greater than any plans that we can create, because His plans fit into an overall plan for this earth.  His plans will also include actions that a Believer should perform so that others may be led to God. 

Meditate on these verses and see if your plans include God.  God needs all Believers to have a part in His overall plan.  All Believers are called to live in the Kingdom of God while on this earth.  All Believers are on (but not “of”) this kingdom of the world.  All Believers are citizens of God’s Kingdom and not the kingdom of this world. Analyze all of you6 future plans to determine if they include God.  If they do not, then you are in sin.  Ask God’s forgiveness and put God as the starting point for any plans in your future.

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