Change Can Be Anticipated
If It’s the Lord’s Will
Scripture Reading: James 4:7-17
Key Verses: James 4:13-14
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.
Making plans for today and tomorrow is what we do here in America. We have things to do, people to see, “please don’t interrupt my busy life!” There is nothing wrong with making plans and planning ahead for future events, but James, in our scripture for today, warns us of a wrong attitude. The summary of his teaching is that all our plans should end with this statement: “if it’s the Lord’s will.” James reminds us that we don’t really control our future; making plans without regard for God’s will is foolishness. He uses the illustration of “mist” — it’s here today and gone tomorrow—to remind us our life can be over in a snap of God’s fingers.
Change is coming your way, it’s inevitable! Change will indeed create crisis, turning points and decisive moments. Change will demand a plan; it’s changing our direction. This month we’ve also realized that change can be enjoyed. God is on our side. Yes, He does make major changes at times, but it will always be for our benefit! Finally, this week we’ve looked at ways to anticipate change. When we get into the habit of saying: “If it’s the Lord’s will,” we are indeed anticipating change. That statement gives God permission to do His work despite my planning or scheduling!
Will God interrupt your life today? Only He knows. Be looking for it; anticipate it. Make your plans but leave room for God to slip in and take over the schedule. It will always be a good thing!
Father, unless I hear from you, unless I feel a ‘nudge,’ I will go about my day, working through my plans. But if you want to, you have my permission to ‘interrupt’, In Jesus’ Name, amen.