What Comes Next {and how we view it}

Presently I have a part time job. It’s only temporary and I have always known it was temporary. In fact, I’m very happy about that fact because in many ways it gives me options.

But.

Yes, but.  There’s always a but when we know that there are temporary things in our lives…when the end approaches, we have choices to make.

It’s temporary and ending soon, and God knew that would be the case.

Or…

It’s temporary and ending soon and therefore I must now obsess over what on earth is going to come next.

If I’m not careful, I tend to veer towards the latter.

 

Piper Quote

And these are exactly the kinds of mindsets that James is warning us of in this passage of our Bible study today; let’s look at James 4: 13-16:

 

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 do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.

 

James warns us of the folly of viewing our futures through the wrong lens.  He reminds us we are vapours – our lives can be here today and gone tomorrow. Does this mean we cannot make any plans? No, it doesn’t. But how we view our future…what attitude do we have towards the meaning and purpose of God in amongst every plan and future decision we make, does matter.

We must not live as though God’s providence is not at work. We must not live recklessly or foolishly with regards to what comes next for us, and we must not live in anxiety or agony over it either. We must take care not to forget the Lord.

 

Thoughts for Today

 

  1. How can we prevent ourselves from having the wrong view of the future?
  2. James utters sobering words when he describes our lives as vapours or a mist; what point is he trying to make here and what way is this designed to help us see ourselves the right way?
  3. What difference would it make to you if you were able to rest in the knowledge that God has all things in hand? In what ways do you struggle with this?

Prayers for Today

 

  • Let’s pray today that God would shine a light on our wrong thinking and help us keep our views of our future and His will in the right place.
Grace and Love
Helen x

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