The Future Holder

James 4:13-17 (NIV)
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.” 14 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. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
We all make plans.  We all have hopes and dreams.  We have different goals and we try to determine our own destinies.  James says that this is arrogant and goes so far as to say that it is evil.  Why?  Because we have no reason to be so arrogant.  We have NO IDEA what the future holds.  We can say that we want to do this or that.  We can say that we’re going to go here or there.  James says that we cannot possibly know these things.
He compares our lives to a mist or vapor.  I once heard that you should imagine a pot of boiling water.  Our lives are like the steam that rises above that pot.  It’s there one moment and you don’t see it the next.  This is what James says our lives are like.  Here one moment and we’re gone the next.  
We delude ourselves in two ways.  First, we think to ourselves, “I’ve got all the time in the world!”  This is foolish because we really don’t.  If the vapor disappears, so shall we.  Second, we think, “I’m in control of my future.”  This is arrogant and prideful.  Only God knows the future and He is the One who holds it in His hands.  Instead of making our plans, we need to submit to God’s will.  Our prayer should always be, “Thy will be done.”  It is the safest prayer to pray.  God’s will is for our best.  He knows what He’s doing and when we surrender control of our lives to Him, He will lead us to where we want to be and that is with Jesus for all eternity.  Jesus knows the way because Jesus is the Way.  Instead of bragging and boasting about our own knowledge or control, let’s submit to the control of the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit will lead and guide us and we’ll end up where we truly desire to be.
PRAYER: Father, I lift my voice to You today and simply say, “Thy will be done.”  I surrender to Your leading and to Your way.  I know that I will try to control my future, but in reality it is in Your hands.  Help me to surrender control of my life to You.  In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.

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