Thursday, July 2, 2009

Plans Anyone?

James 4:13-17 (Today's New International Version)
Boasting About Tomorrow

13 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."
14 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.
15 Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."
16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.
17 So then, if you know the good you ought to do and don't do it, you sin.

Have you ever made arrangements to do something and at the last minute everything changed and those plans were ruined?

It happens all the time. We make elaborate plans, and convince ourselves of the outcome ahead of time, only to be disappointed when they don't turn out our way.

We are all guilty of this, even if we have the best of intentions, because we don't consult with God about the plans we make. The height of arrogance is believing that we know our lives better than He does, and it is sin. We don't ask Him for His guidance and then we blame Him when things don't go our way. How would you feel if someone did that to you? Now multiply that several times and you'll get a vague idea of what God experiences with us, His children.

Now the good news is that God shows us the things that are beneficial to us, we just have to take the time to look for them. We miss too many of God's good things by ignoring His guidance. This puts the Lord's will into a new perspective; what He wants, not what we want, thy will be done.

That is pretty simple but it still leaves us with one remaining thought:

Plans anyone?

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