Text: James 4:13-17
This is what we usually say: “Today or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain.”
One of the biggest mistakes of humanity is taking the role of the owner of our lives. “I will do this, I will do that”. “No one can tell me what to do!” We control our lives and no one indeed can take over it.
But look at the argument of James, “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.”
Let us ponder about his arguments. Do we know what will happen tomorrow? Is there any certainty of our success and plans? Obviously, the both answers will be “NO”. But God knows what will happen tomorrow, the next day, the next next day, and each day, each hour, each minute, each second of our lives. Tell me then who has the right to own our lives?
“What is your life?” Is it immortal? Will we exist to the end of the age that we can absolutely plan to what will happen the next day? The Bible says it is a “Mist”. It appears for a little while then it is gone. Then what authority has been given to us to take control of it if we cannot even control our existence?
As we can see, we really have nothing to boast about. There is no single reason to boast and to take over the control of our life. All these are under God’s authority. But by nature, we are rebellious and we want to take control of the rudder of our life. And most of the time, doing this results to catastrophic events in our lives.
This is what we are suppose to say then: “If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” The heart of a Christian submits to God’s will. We should allow God to take control of our lives. And at the same time He wants us to learn humility.
This also means that we are depending on God. It shows that we cannot do anything without God. Our efforts will all be useless without God.
Give yourself now to God and allow him to take control of your life.