“For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”

James 4:5

A Christian in making his plans ought to acknowledge his dependence on God and always say in his heart, “If it is the Lord’s will, I will do such and such” — Acts 18:21; I Corinthians 4:19 — because our entire life is in God’s hands. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow. All is uncertain. We are like a mist of water: today we are here; tomorrow we are gone. Therefore, we should never put our trust in plans; we must trust only in God.

Don’t get me wrong; it’s good to have goals, but goals can disappoint us if we leave God out of them. There is no point in making plans as though God doesn’t exist because the future is in God’s hands.

What would you like to be doing ten years from now? One year from now? Tomorrow? How will you react if God steps in and rearranges your plans? It is advisable to hold your plans lightly. It is even better to put God’s desires as the core driver and motivation behind your plans.

Charge: Our times are not in our own hands but at God’s disposal; we live as long as God appoints and in the circumstances God sets.

Further Study: Proverbs 19:21, Lamentations 3:37.

Stay in God’s will.

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