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. – James 4:13-17
Recycling posts again. In writing this, I remember that I’ve said almost all I wanted to say on the topic several years ago.
But it’s so easy to forget “if it is the Lord’s will” as I get caught up in all these decisions about where to go and what to do. Plus, making money is inevitably part of the plan now as it never was before we started working!
I love how balanced this is. Disarming self sufficiency with a stark reminder of our brief time on earth and our inability to know (let alone be in control of) whether we will be alive tomorrow. Nevertheless, planning for this and that isn’t condemned, if we acknowledge God in the process of doing so. If I could even venture to say that we should plan our time, finances and future if we are to be faithful stewards of what God has given us.