Living in humble dependence on God is so important when we consider how suddenly life can end. All you have to do is scan through the obituaries and you will find that not everyone is elderly when they pass away.
Being ready is the only thing in life that counts!
Life can end at any moment or extend into our 90’s.
Each moment we are given breath is a breath of grace.
Living in humble dependence on God is what we are going to be learning in this last post on James. Life is too short to live our way instead of God’s!
Let’s dig right in!
Digging Deeper: James 4:13-17
Key Verse: 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. James 4:14
I’ll Do it My Way!!
One Thing is Sure: We can’t get out of life alive!
That is a sobering thought but too often we live as if we will never die or have to give account for how we lived.
We plan our day but do we humbly depend on God for direction?
If you get nothing else out of what I am sharing today, I want you, to live in humble dependence on God for direction and guidance.
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”; James 4:13
My husband and I are making plans to go on a trip in a couple months to visit family. How often we plan without even asking God’s direction!
James rebuked the kind of heart that lives and makes its plans apart from a constant awareness of the hand of God, and with an underestimation of our own limitations (you do not know what will happen tomorrow). ~David Guzic~
We have no idea what will happen tomorrow. We unconsciously think we can control our future.
Our life may go on uneventfully for some time and our plans may work out just fine.
Then one day our whole life could change in just a one moment!
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. James 4:14
The whole idea that life is a vapor or shadow is a figure of speech commonly used in New Testament times.
You might remember the story Jesus told about the rich man who made his great plans for the future, and foolishly lost it all when his soul was required of him Luke 12:16
How to Live in Humble Dependence on God
James is not saying we should stop making wise plans for our future but that we should humbly depend on God’s will for our life.
“There are two great certainties about things that shall come to pass – one is that God knows, and the other is that we do not know.” ~Spurgeon~
James asks us to consider the fragility of human life. He is not saying we should not make our plans. When you make plans for the future, it is wise to include the Lord and seek His will.
We live and move only at the permission of God even if we totally exclude or forget to include Him in our plans.
James isn’t trying to discourage us from planning but from planning and doing life apart from our humble reliance on God.
I am challenging you to live each day as if it is your last. You really don’t know.
Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. James 4:15-16
Life is short, be intentional about how you live your life.
I am going to change my perspective on my tomorrows. This starts in my thoughts or my thought process.
Just including the phrase, “Lord willing” gives the credit to God on who holds my future and then I am choosing to live in humble dependence on God.
Life is too short to live any other way than being humbly dependent on God!
Did this study speak to your heart and life? Share with me in the comments and I will add you to a prayer list for my blog.
Missed previous posts on the book of James? Go HERE!!