James 4:13–17 (NKJV) 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
We Are Not Promised Tomorrow Not to be a downer at all, but we truly are not promised tomorrow, we are not promised the next hour or even the next minute. That is not how we live though, is it? Each of us has a tendency to believe that we are indestructible, that we will live forever. If you are anything like me, we set our sights on things of the future and drudge through the days leading up to that particular event. Tell me that we are going to Saturday’s Red Sox game on Monday and I push through the rest of the week with my mind set on that one day. In that time the Lord could be doing so many wonderful things in our lives. But there we are, eyes set upon one thing and one thing only. Instead of looking for the things of the future, we must see the amazing things that can happen in everyday life. I get so focused on so many things that I do not take the time to appreciate the small things. The 10 minutes my wife and I have together in the morning before the kids wake and we go to work, the 5 minute opportunity I have to share Christ with a friend, the few minutes of quiet that I get to talk to the Lord. Instead, I am worried about stuff in the future. What a powerful reminder today, one that hits me right in my own heart. God is so good to give us these little nudges. Plan For The Future But Do Not Fixate On It We have to live life as though there is going to be a tomorrow, to say the opposite is not the point of this verse. If we were not planning ahead we would be in a tough way. If we did not plan on feeding the kids tomorrow, they would certainly be hungry. If you do not plan financially, you could struggle in our elder ages. The point is that in everything we do, we should be seeking God’s will. If The Lord Wills Your plan to go to the Red Sox game, that may be well within God’s will. Maybe the Lord is going to put you into an evangelistic opportunity. We should be continually praying about the Lord’s plans for our life. Maybe He is going to send you here or there, but what the Scripture is saying is that we must be open to the Lord’s plan for us. Opening ourselves up to God’s plan also means being flexible, God’s plans are not always based upon our schedule. Closing Thoughts: The Lord has a great plan for each of us. How much of that plan do we miss while planning for the future? Wake each day open to the plan the Lord has for you, it is almost certainly better than the plan you have made for yourself. Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.