Our plans are good and well, and they have their place, but they must not be done with arrogance or with a sense of entitlement.
There needs to be a flexibility, realising that the future is not guaranteed.
It is not a matter that we should not plan because of potential disaster.
The issue is that we should realise that we, in fact, control very little and therefore we should learn to trust the Lord more than our own plans.
James 4:15 Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.'
We should be open to the knowledge that things could change in ways we could not have imagine, but in all of it God still has a plan and His plans are still for our good.
Jeremiah 29:11 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'
In the midst of all the uncertainty of life, we can have the greatest security of all and that is knowing that:
God is still in control!
He still has a plan!
He can work everything out for our good.
LIFE IS SHORT
The truth of the matter is that life is short.
James 4:14 'What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.'
The brevity of life is always something that has intrigued me.
Life is short, no matter how long we may live.
We must not deceive ourselves into thinking we have plenty of time.
'Now', is the only thing we can be sure of.
Don't wait to use your special things on a special day. Today is that special day! Bring out the best china and celebrate now.
The strange thing is how that in the midst of the reality that life is short and uncertain, we can feel so secure. It's only when we face an unexpected reality that we can be rattled to the core.
The only way to overcome this is to know where our hope and trust should be, and place it there, and then rest in our trust in the Lord.
Another translation says it like this:
James 4:14 'What is the nature of your life? You are really but a wisp of vapor a puff of smoke, a mist that is visible for a little while and then disappears into thin air.'
Psalm 103:15-16 'Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone - as though we had never been here.'
Life is short, God is good, (a good, good Father) and the purpose is to learn to trust and depend on Him at all times and in all situations.
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