James- Wednesday, April 1
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 and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.
James also speaks directly to those who make plans with no humility or thoughts of God. Self-seeking, independent decisions that are made without consulting Him are evil, because they are boastful and arrogant. James is not speaking against making plans per se, but against the kind of planning that leaves God out of it.
The fact of the matter is, we don’t even know the events of the very next day! Our lives are nothing without God, and our self-made plans are ridiculous. Who was it that said, “Do you want to hear God laugh? Just tell Him about all of your plans!”?
Instead, we must intentionally bring all of our thoughts and plans to the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6), and focus on one day at a time, doing the good that He has revealed in His Word for us to do. That’s the humble life, the acceptable life.
Daily Devotional Book • James Application Questions
1. What are your plans for the coming year? Have you asked the Lord to help you in your thinking? If not, do so right now!
2. Take a look at Proverbs 16:9 and 19:21, then take a look at Proverbs 20:18 and 21:5. What do you see in each set of verses that helps create balance in the area of planning?
3. Memorize Proverbs 3:5-6, if you haven’t already done so. Write out the meaning in your own words.