Faith & Life: Do Not Boast About Tomorrow

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Do Not Boast About Tomorrow

Taking One Moment at a Time

by J.M. Troppello

The older I get, the more I can relate to this passage of Scripture from James 4:13-17. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. No one knows this, except God. Yet, I plan ahead because that’s a normal human instinct.

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. (James 4:13-17, NKJV)

According to this passage, should I not plan ahead anymore? I like what the Thomas Nelson Study Bible notes say about this passage. “The problem here is not the plan or the concept of planning; it is leaving God out of the plan.”

Wow! I can think back to so many times in my life that I left God out of my plans. Those were the times when things didn’t always work out so well. You’d think I’d learn something and not continually leave Him out of the planning.

Thankfully, I’m older and wiser – and I go to God now in prayer about my plans because I want to seek out His will. I still go my way occasionally. However, for the most part, I’ve been pretty good about seeking His will for my life.

The words from verse 16 seem harsh, saying that boasting in your arrogance is evil. Yet, when you think about it – that’s so true. Being too proud to ask God what direction He wants you to go will only get you into trouble. That is arrogance – especially since as a Christian, Jesus is the Lord of your life.

This passage ends with verse 17 that says it’s sinful if you know what good thing you should do and don’t do it. Of course, that sounds so simple. We all can understand that.

The Takeaway

Lately, many of my articles have been taking passages of Scripture, reading them, dissecting them, reading the study notes, and trying to work through them in article format – in order to apply them to my life. I think that’s such a great way to digest the Word of God in a manner that will stick with you – and can continue to feed you days and days later.

It's so important to read God’s Word. But not just to read it. You need to get it inside your heart and allow it to change your life. That’s where I find myself at lately. Just wanting to read God’s Word – one small passage at a time that is easily digestible – and apply it to my life.

With this passage, I take away that I should continue to make plans. I won’t simply do nothing and wait to go to Heaven. That’s silly, unrealistic, and totally unproductive for God’s Kingdom. But the main point I will remember is to bring my concerns to God and ask Him to guide my pathway.

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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