Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
James 4:13-16 ESV
What is your life? This question that James proposes is meant for everyone. The point he is making in these verses is that when we submit our lives to God, they don’t become our lives anymore. This isn’t supposed to be intimidating. It’s supposed to be freeing. It’s not bad to be a planner and not bad to be ambitious. Those are actually great qualities to have. What’s bad is not bringing God into the picture. James considered this to be a huge problem because he referenced it as an evil thing. When we don’t invite God into our plans, we are questioning His love towards us. Because what kind of Father would steer His child wrongly? His love for you overshadows every doubt and unbelief against Him. That’s why it is so important to include God into the picture, because when we don’t we are missing out.
inviting god into our plans
Imagine what our lives would look like if we actually invited God into our plans. Whether that includes us making day to day decisions or asking God what He is leading you to do with your life, trusting Him isn’t always our first instinct. It’s so easy to feel the pressure of having your life figured out already. Parents and friends are already asking about your plans after college. However, if we start planning our lives away without Him, then we are saying that pursuing Him doesn’t matter. We then hold our own interests above God. When we give our lives to Christ, that means we give the rest of our lives to Him too. He is good and knows us better than we know ourselves. By trusting God and inviting Him into your decisions, you are not only obeying God’s will but you are saying yes to the abundant life He has for you.
Taking a risk with God is worth it. Often when we don’t invite God into our decisions, it is because we would rather live in a safer place of security. Praying to God and asking Him His will for us is scary. What if He leads us into something we aren’t equipped to handle? What if instead of choosing the comfortable relationship that we are in OR the major that will one day make the most money, we chose to be obedient to what He has for us first? What if what God has for us doesn’t even make sense and people think differently of you because of it? The common denominator between all those “What Ifs” is that they are laced with fear. God has a will for you that only you are capable of stepping in. He is good and has given you full power to conquer fear and complacency. If every yes that you have said to Him before has been blessed, then there would be no reason for Him to steer you wrong now.
God, thank you that you have been with me in my past and that you will always be with me in my future. That nothing is too big for you to handle, and that the pressure is off of me to go through life on my own. Allow me to live out your will faithfully. Amen.