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”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.
James 4:13-14 (ESV)
We have all been in the situation of making plans, or thinking that something will happen in a certain way, and then it all changes. It brings such disappointment and takes a lot of adjustment even causing us to question whether we have heard from God or not. We must never assume that things must turn out exactly the way we planned it. Always make allowances for unforeseen circumstances. Do not take unnecessary risks, hoping and assuming that things will always go well in your favour. Please be wise and realistic in your planning.
Things don’t always happen in the way that we hoped it would. God allows it to happen differently for a reason. We may never know why this side of Heaven – but no experience is ever wasted. I guess we can only trust that God knows what’s best for us. I don’t think making plans as such is wrong, but I guess maybe we need to be more adaptable, prepared for a re-direction if God has other plans for us. The Scripture is only warning us not to plan without God!
But despite this warning, man plans his life as if his own wills, and desires control the destiny of his life. Man is not able to do what he plans unless God wills it—We must acknowledge God in all our ways. We live on this earth only for a passing glorious moment, and then shortly, we too are gone! Therefore if you know that your life on earth is transient, like a mist or vapour, please do not plan as if it is not transient
My declaration and confession: Today I declare my trust in God’s perfect plan and timing for my life. He has better plans for me. I know that God is setting me up for bigger things in life. I am not afraid of the future because I have a God who holds my future in His hands.
Ignite Thought: Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God!