‘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.” ‘
James 4:13-15 (ESV)
This is a sobering view of our life. James desires us to understand that it is not our decision about what happens tomorrow, nor in the next moment, nor even our next breath. It comes down to the Lord decides what happens. Nothing that happens here on earth, within His Kingdom happens without God’s will for it to happen. God knows about EVERYTHING COMPLETELY. By saying that what will happen depends on us, it is like saying we are God. By worrying about the virus, it is saying that we can control whether we get it or not. The truth is that we literally have no control over it. We can do things to reduce the CHANCE of getting it through being wise in how we live, however it will all be in God’s hands, or in His will. This doesn’t mean we should throw in the towel and just do whatever we want because it is all up to God anyway. No, that is not the reason. The reason is that God has us here for a purpose and that is to live out the life He has given us for His glory, to share the Good News with others and make disciples of all the nations. He is not controlling us but gives us the free will to do what we choose. He gives out wisdom to live a righteous and passionate life, not to just sit around waiting for things to happen to us. By being close to Him, we will begin to understand His will for us and see His directing. We will know how we should live and not have to be scared of what will happen in the future, nor be wasteful of the life we are given that is like “a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
I know that over the past few weeks, I have been living like I will be around for a very long time. I have been living like I have all the time in the world to mess around and waste time on things that don’t have any importance to my assignment nor to my eternity with God. I feel today, I really need to shake the dust off of my lazy bones and get out there and work on the things I know God is talking to me about. I need to work on what really matters and not put it off anymore.
1) Prayer: I have been working on praying more and have started a plan to pray at set times every day.
2) Exercise: Not much going on there so I need to get back into the discipline of training. 30 minutes a day would be a good start.
3) Planning: There are things that will be happening within the next month that I need to be prepared for, so I need to start organizing and be systematic about carrying out and preparing for these.
4) Reading: I have been consistent in reading the Bible, but I need to be more consistent and intentional about reading other things as well to grow my mind.
5)Devotions: I know I have had time to be doing devotions daily. But I feel I need to encourage others to share their devotions so we can learn more.
Lord Jesus, I am sorry for thinking that I have all the time in the world. I ask for your mercy and forgiveness. I pray that I can be closer to You more and more that I begin to know your will for my life, not in its entirety, but I will be sensitive to your leading. I chose to submit to your will and ask that you help me to release my grip on trying to control things. I love you and ask this in your name, Jesus! Amen.