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 in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

In this passage, the author is explaining to us the danger of being arrogant. He also wants us to realize the importance of knowing that we are the ones in control of our future.

This is important for us to hear because if we forget this truth, we could fall into thinking that we possess power and authority apart from God. This would lead us to grow distant from our relationship from him, and ultimately lead us to think we are completely fine living independently from him. This diminishes God's nature and character as a personal, trustworthy, and sustaining God. It takes praise and glory away from Him, though He is the one who is truly deserving of those things.

It’s important that we let go of the illusion of control that we so desperately try to hold onto regarding our future. Today, start asking God what His will for your future looks like. Try to start small by simply asking about how you might spend a free evening or block of time that you have coming up. Eventually this will lead you into a deeper place of trust in God and knowledge of His character as a good and personal heavenly Father, who not only wants to sustain you, but desires to grow you and prosper you.

God, lead me to humbly submit  my life and plans to You and for Your glory. Would You reveal Yourself to me in such a way that draws me to know and trust Your character more and more? And to seek after Your will for my life rather than seeking my own selfish ambitions.

 - Will Goodwin