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.” 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. James 4:13-14
A lot of times most of us would like to be in control of our lives. When we plan something, such as where we will live, what school we go to, what job we will have or what kind of family we want to have, we want to make sure things are going the way we want.
We may think we know what is best for us. It is good to have goals, but they can disappoint us if we leave God out. When things are going smoothly, it is easy to have the illusion that we are in charge. The truth is, ultimately God is the only one who is in control of our lives.
None of us can predict the future, not even tomorrow. Our lives are just like a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes (James 4:14). We never know when we will return to our home to meet with our Father. How would you live differently if God told you today is your last day on earth?
I am not saying that we do not need to plan anything ahead, but we must hold on to our plans loosely. We need to keep in mind that sometimes it is not worth all the stress to plan for our future as it is already in God’s hands.
As Jesus says, “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)
If we could let go of control and rather trust in God in the midst of uncertainties, we know that our Father is already there in the future just like He is with us now and the past. We will be able to have peace in our hearts and minds.
Let us stop boasting about tomorrow by:
- Thanking God for His plans of our future, walking with us and giving us complete access to Him.
- Asking God to help us always trust Him and let go of being in control of our lives.