- James 1:1-5:20
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” –James 4:13-17, ESV
No day is guaranteed. One morning you might wake up and the world shifts because a woman you know and love finds a lump. Another morning, you might not wake up. You may come to work with a plan in place for the day and that plan turns upside down in the first five minutes. James points out this truth to highlight a point: pride brings us to believe that we can control a day. The same pride makes us think our plan for anything will prosper. James exhorts us to live out our faith in action, for only that done for the glory of God will endure. Put aside your idolization of your plans. Plan. Steward your resources. And give them all to God.