Plan And Seek God's Will
Posted: Friday, November 20
Verse of the day:
What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:15)
Your job situation could change dramatically the next time you report for work. You could find out that you are receiving a promotion or that you will have new responsibilities in your interest area. You could also show up to an announcement that the company is closing its doors or the boss who promised you a raise has left for another opportunity.
We plan for the future based on what we think is likely to happen. Some make plans feeling God is absent in directing the course for their future. Others make no plans, never apply for advancement or seek additional training believing God will reveal His plan without initiative from us. Both approaches are faulty.
James calls it arrogant to make specific, self-driven plans by saying, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money” (4:13). As much as we like to think we are in control, we do not know what could happen tomorrow that would change everything. In fact, we are not even guaranteed another day of life.
Instead, James writes that we should say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (4:15). This instruction splits the difference between selfishly making plans without seeking God and the other extreme of leaving everything up to God with no personal effort. James describes a model of bringing a specific plan to God and conceding that it will only happen if it is God’s will.