Text:“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” – James 4:14,15.
Often times we set targets, make projections into the future and map out plans for our lives. It is not wrong to do so. King Solomon in one of his proverbs did commend the ant because of this quality of planning ahead. (Proverbs 6:6-8). We should bear in mind however that irrespective of our plans, it is the counsel of the Lord that shall hold sway eventually.
In our plans in life, it is imperative to follow the precedent set by our Lord and Saviour in subjecting such plans to God's will (Matthew 26:39,42). That way, we are assured that our plans had not materialized either because it is not yet God's time or He does not approve of it.
When things do not work according to our design, we should not be overwhelmed with disappointment lest the devil would use this to cause ill feelings, depression and even weaken one's faith in God.
Let us therefore commit our requests or heart desires to God in prayer. King David in one of his psalms describes the Almighty God as One Who hears prayer (Psalm 65:2). In His own time and will, He shall bring it to pass and we in turn will acknowledge Him. “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” – Proverbs 13:12.