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.
Comment: 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. – Proverbs 19:21.
It is imperative however to follow the precedent set by our Lord and Saviour in that he always subjected himself to God's will. (Matthew 26:39,42; John 6:38) Thus, if a plan has not been realised, it is either that God's time had not come or that He does not approve of it - because He has a greater plan that would be to our best interest by His grace.
The need to subject our intentions to God's will lies in the fact that, when things do not work according to our design, a feeling of disappointment overwhelms us and if it is not checked, the devil uses this to create ill feelings in us, and even weaken our faith in God.
Let us therefore commit our requests or desires to God in prayer for He hears prayers. (Psalm 65:2). In His own time and will, He shall bring what we want 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.