Do you like to plan things out? I know I do. I seem to want to plan everything. From the minutia of my day, to the trip I’d like to take to Europe next summer. Plan. Plan. Plan. I even have a job that requires me to plan each and every day.
Now, preparedness is never a bad thing, but sometimes I get hung up on plans. I forget to just let life be, and sometimes I wonder if my planning is my secret way of taking control of my life instead of giving it over to the will of God.
I was studying James one morning about a week ago when I came to the section about boasting about the future (James 4:13-15). It was a wake up call ringing loud and clear.
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”; 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. 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. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
My planning is sin?
That sure woke me up! I think God was saying to me, “LET GO and give Me back some control over your life.”
We definitely don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I can’t count on things to happen with certainty. And I do recognize it is ok to make plans (loosely).
I am still going to plan my daily lessons at school, because I know that I am flexible and can change with the needs of the students. And I’m still hoping to go to Europe next summer, but I’m going to “pencil it in”, and say, “If the Lord allows, I will go to Europe.” I’m going to let him be the ultimate decision maker.
I need to be a bit more spontaneous and responsive to the Lord’s leadings. I need to give up some control and arrogance that comes from an attitude of “I’m making this decision.” I need to have more of a mindset that says,
If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.