Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
James 4:15 (NKJV)
Have you ever spoken with someone at night and scheduled an appointment for the next day or days following just to wake up to the sad news of their demise? This shocking reality is a stark reminder of what James talks about when he described life as a vapor that appears and disappears.
When James was penning down the text before us, he did not intend to discourage or frighten us by keeping us from planning for the future. On the contrary, he was simply guiding us from making our plans void of God as life can be very uncertain even as we plan it. So he said: instead of saying “I am going to do this, that or the other”… James admonishes us to say “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that”. We have to put God at the center of our plans because he holds time at the center of His hands.
As we go ahead with our daily lives, it is good to make our plans with God, always committing all unto His all-knowing hands so that He can direct our steps. It is good to realize that even though we may plan our course, it is the Lord who establishes our steps (Prov 16:9). A life well planned with God would be a life lived to the fullest!
My declaration and confession: Today I declare that God has better plans and timings for my life, I refuse to limit Him to my plans and desires. I decree that all my plans would line up with God’s purpose for my future. I walk in the will of God for my life!
Ignite Thought: We have to put God at the center of our plans, because He has time and the world at the center of His hands.