My next devotion comes from James 4:13-17. In the NLT it is titled , “Warning about self-confidence”. In the NIV it is “Boasting about tomorrow”.
Verses 13 and 14 say, “Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone”.
These verses are a sober reminder that while we may make plans, ultimately our lives are in God’s hands. He alone decides when we are born and He alone decides when we die.
As I type I am reminded on Luke 12:16-21. It is commonly titled, “The parable of the rich fool”. In it a rich business man makes plans to build bigger barns to store his wealth so he can sit back and relax. The story changes when God tells him his life will be over that day.
These passages are not telling us to have no plans or make no goals at all. What they are telling us is that it is pointless to make plans and goals that do not included God. As Proverbs reminds us, “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
As the Creator and Sustainer of life, God needs to be woven into all of our plans. In fact He needs to be the One doing the weaving! When we allow God to weave our plans, they take on an eternal perspective. They are not just for the here and now.
So today let us remember that we are created by God, for God. Let us remember to seek God for His plans for our lives and allow Him to give us a vision that is for the here and now that is birthed in eternity.