“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.”
James 4:13-16 NLT
Have you ever heard someone say "Lord Willing"? I have often used that phrase when speaking with someone about an anticipated event or intention. Sometimes, others have said, in response, "The Lord is willing"! My comment in return was in correction of their presumption. Here in today's scripture, we see clearly that we should not presume upon the future. None of us know what tomorrow may hold but we can know Who holds tomorrow. Making plans is a wise thing to do. Making plans with God's will in mind is a wiser thing to do. Only God was present in the past, here in the present, and is there in the future. He is already there. He transcends time. He is the only thing that does not change. He doesn't grow old, His skin isn't wrinkled, His hair isn't gray, His mind has never left Him unable to think, His nerves aren't shattered, and He is eternally existent. God needs no health insurance, life insurance, social security, medicare, or medicaid. He is all sufficient. He needs nothing! He is our source and sustainer!!! Without Him, we would not exist. He is the One who provides the sunlight in the morning and the moonlight at night. He has speckled the night sky with the stars. He has placed everything in Creation exactly where it needs to be in order for life to exist for us. It would be, and is, utter foolishness to live life without acknowledging His existence, His faithful presence, and inviting His involvement and instruction for our daily living. Today, instead of fumbling into the day without His Divine direction, take a moment and place your plans into His hands and ask for His will to be done in every detail of your life. Watch God work in your life in the most marvelous way. He will gladly guide your every step if you will let Him!
Rev. Curtis Norris