Worrying About Tomorrow
James 4:13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.” 14 Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. 17 Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.
Strategic planning happens on many levels. We plan out how things should happen and yet we fail to realize that God is really in charge. Everything could change tomorrow. All of our plans could be derailed. But life shouldn’t be about the plans, life should be about the Lord. We are his and are to be living in and following his leading and guidance. He leads us into doing what is right and if we fail to do as he leads, we sin.
I was with a friend recently and he asked this question. "Do you pray to ask God to bless your ministry, or does your ministry come from your time in prayer with God?" When I have planned out the ministry, (or anything else for that matter) then I begin to worry. I want God to step in and intervene and bless, so that my plans work out. Instead, God wants us to spend time with him and from that we are to seek his leading. The result is that whatever we do is his! When it’s his, we don’t worry.
So relax today in the Lord. Lean into what he has planned and follow his leading.
Lord, help me draw closer to you and follow you and your plans. Amen.
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