Hebrews 12 -James 5- Have you been boasting about tomorrow?

With the lockdown of the country and the unknowns on how and when it will "open up", it's near impossible to "boast about tomorrow", wouldn't you agree?!
This situation we are in sure made James 4 stand out to me! "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 don't even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?.....all such boasting is evil." (James 4 13-17)

Could God be using this virus to remind us not to boast about our plans?
Well, I am a planner!  I love to think of the next adventure and do what I need to do to make it happen. God has definitely put a reality check on me! Reading James, I was asking myself, have I left God out of my plans?
I like what Francis Chan says about this passage.  "There are two issues here (in this scripture). One is the sovereignty of God and secondly is our submission to God."

I have used Proverbs 16:9 as a "life verse" of sorts, "We can make plans but the final outcome is in God's hands." (TLB).  I read that as a license to go ahead and make plans, yet always remembering to be flexible in case the Lord wants to do something different.  I was fortunate to have a mom that taught me early to always pray, "Lord, if it is your will, please....." So, when I make my plans, I make them loosely, knowing that God has control over them. Like David, I understand God's sovereignty. Remember what David said to his attendants when he was praying to save the life of his baby. "I thought, 'Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live." (2 Samuel 12:22). David knew the sovereignty of God.

Yet, it's always good to have a reminder, or reality check, of that sovereignty and check to see if I am being submissive to His sovereignty! Am I remembering to pray for God's will to be done, or am I just hoping he comes along with me on MY plans?
Right now, in the planning stages in my household, is a wedding in the summer for one daughter and a semester abroad in the fall for the other daughter.  What a great time for me to teach them, as my mother did me, "If it is your will, Lord, we would like to plan for this, but....your will be done!


To be honest, when plans don't go the way I want them to, it's easier for me to cope with the disappointment knowing God didn't want it to go the way I thought it should. He has way bigger and better plans for me than I can even imagine! (Eph. 3:20). So, I am going to go with his plans, versus being "evil" in my boasting!
Thanks for the reminder, God!  

Comments

Christine R said…
Yes yes and yes!!! Such a great reminder... I have taken to consecrating my year and each month to the Lord asking him what plans he wants me to make and trying to discern the Holy spirit's guiding. It's been a beautiful experience. Thank you for your wonderful post. Sending you big air hugs 💓
That’s awesome, Christine! If you ever get to the point where you have prayed and still can’t discern the will of God, take comfort in Acts 1:26. 😉
Unknown said…
After living in chaos with a pipe leek, restoration and reconstruction for 66 days, my question is, why us? I'm 89 and my husband needs a lot of care with Parkinsons and this shouldn't be happening to us at this time. Here and there I have seen His hand working and all of this has
forced our hand to clean, sort and prepare for what, I don't know. I know we are in God's hands and I am learning to trust even tho it's been a test for our stress and endurance. Did I forget patience...our contractor has been out of town for 2 weeks and things are still undone.
Not our will, but yours Jesus....thanks for this time to share.
Terry
Hi Terry!,
First, let me say how impressed I am that you are active and reading/ responding on a blog! What a tech. savvy 89-year-old!! I have had friends, half your age, tell me they have been unable to figure out how to post on this blog!! Haha! You are running circles around them!

On another note, I am so sorry to hear about your pipe leak! That is such a bummer! My mom (86) and dad (90) had a pipe leak as well, recently!! How odd is that?! They too have lived with open walls for awhile. The walls are now patched, but they are still needing to be painted.
When you asked your question, "Why us?", I couldn't help be reminded of what I just read and commented on when we were in 1 Peter. "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of suffering." (5:7-9). I commented on the fact that the lion prowling around is symbolic of the ongoing spiritual battle we deal with. I find three things comforting in this scripture:
1.) God cares for me!
2.) When I am feeling discouraged, I remind myself that the spiritual battle raging around me is easily squelched if I take up the equipment my caring Father has given me. (Eph 6:10-18)
3.) It's good to be reminded that I'm not alone when I feel troubled. When I hear a fellow Christian say,"I have experienced the same thing" or "feel the same way", I always feel like responding, "Oh, good, I'm not alone!". Peter must have known we like hearing we aren't alone because he added, "the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of suffering." That is why it is so important to stay in fellowship with other Christians. You are not alone. You don't need to wonder, "Why me". Peter wants to encourage you and so do I. You are not alone in your suffering. Stay firm in the faith, as I know you are doing, my dear sister in Christ!

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