YOU’RE GOING TO DIE
Any joy you have apart from Jesus can be taken from you in a second. That’s why we don’t live for some future status that may not even happen. We live for Jesus. Today. Let me show you what I mean:
In High School I was on track to play Division I college basketball, but I woke up one day with a herniated disc. Dream: over.
In College, I entered the journalism program expecting to graduate and work for ESPN, but my university cancelled the entire journalism degree program: over.
Here’s what James has to say about this:
4.13 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.”14 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.15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. (NIV)
IS PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE WRONG?
No. So what’s this saying? In verse 16 the details are vague but the purpose is clear. Our lives are directed by the will of the LORD.
“Not planning for the future is laziness. Not giving up a plan is idolatry.”
WHAT IS MY LIFE?
- James 1.10 says it’s like flowering grass
- Job 7.7 says it’s but a breath
- Psalm 102.11 says it’s like a lengthened shadow, it will wither away like grass
- Psalm 103.15-16 says our days are like grass, as a flower of the field
- 1 Sam. 20.3 says there’s hardly a step between me and death
WHO DETERMINES MY LIFE?
- Psalm 31.15 says my times are in God’s hand
- Job 33.4 says the breath of the Almighty gives me life
- Job 34.14-15 says if He should [take it back] all flesh would perish together
- Job 14.5 says the number of man’s months is with God
- Job 12.9-10 says The Lord[‘s hand] is the life of every living thing
- Psalm 139.16 says in God’s book were written all the days ordained for me
HOW DO WE RESPOND TO THIS?
Proverbs 27.1 says “Do not boast about tomorrow WHY you don’t know what a day may bring forth” [Humility opposed to arrogance]
Psalm 31.14-15 says “I trust in You, O Lord WHY my times are in your hand” [Humility in light of control]
Psalm 39.4-5 says “Let me know how fleeting my life is WHY every man at his best is a mere breath” [Humility in respect to renown]
The sin James is writing about is arrogance. According to the Bible your life is a moment and you don’t know when it’s going to end. The follower of Jesus understands this and won’t leave God out of his or her plans. We are humble because 1) we don’t know when it’s all going to end, 2) we don’t control our own destiny, 3) even at our very best, God is better.
How will you react if God steps in and rearranges your plans?
If you’re a Christian prove it. And prove it by living for Jesus today. Find out what God’s will for your life is and pursue the things that are eternal.
Any joy you have apart from Christ can be taken from you in a second. So live for Jesus today. Make your plans with an open palm instead of a clinched fist, asking Jesus to reveal His will for you.
And if things change: if you get dumped, if you have to move, if you get injured, if every door of opportunity slams shut, you still know that God is good. All the time. And He is in control. Your situation did not surprise God.
So may today be the first day you start to learn how to let go and really trust God with your life.