Plan :: #Write31Days #5mfw {Day 9}

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” 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. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil” (Jas 4:13-16 NLT).

//This passage was once tough for me to wrap my head around. Even now, when I feel I comprehend what God is trying to teach us through James, I still struggle with this passage, but for very different reasons. Now I feel gross conviction.

It took me so long to grasp that James isn’t teaching against planning here. He is teaching against planning independent of God. While that distinction may seem nuanced or nitpicky, it is key to understanding this principle.

There is a massive difference between asking God what you should do or asking his blessing while you do something, and leaving God out of the matter entirely. I would wager this is one of the most common, yet inadvertent sins we commit. And it is a sin of pride.

We forget God’s sovereignty. We forget we cannot take a breath or bat an eye unless God wills it. There is not a step we take that is not ordained by God. As James suggests, we would do well to remember that.

It is okay to make plans, but while we do so, let us keep a constant attitude of submission to and dependence on God.//

I am participating in Write 31 Days and 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes. My free writes are between the slashes (//). Find more of my free writing for this series here.