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The other night, we experienced the first freeze of the season. Before long, freezing rain and accumulating snow will be all too likely to happen where I live. When we walk outside, our breath will show as short-lived bursts of vapor.
Now, picture that breath cloud and listen to James 4:13-16, “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. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.” (NIV)
It is so true that our life is fragile and short-lived, much like clouds of breath on a cold day. But what was the rest of this passage about? Why is it boasting to announce our plans?
This passage warns against planning our lives without considering God’s will. It is a subtle act of rebellion. Instead, we should incorporate God’s will into our plans. Do you think about how your plans will accomplish God’s goals and further the kingdom of Jesus? You see, none of us will even live tomorrow unless God wills it. We’re just a puff of breath on a cold day!
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