“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.’ You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring – what your life will be! For you are a bit of smoke that appears for little while, then vanishes.” – James 4:13, 14
It is wise to plan ahead and plan well.
In thinking about planning for the future, several mistakes frequently question the biblical priority of our plans. First, we choose our own time and schedule without regard to how it may affect others, especially God! Secondly, we often choose a geographical area where we will or will not serve. Third, we put time limits to stay in a particular place. Fourth, we arrange our activities in life so we alone benefit. This is all self-interest.
James is writing about a businessman who doesn’t stop to question the result of his well-planned trip. The businessman fully knows his plans will work and will “make a profit.” Sadly, he possessed no interest in the community. Eternity never entered his mind. God is silent from his thoughts. God dropped out of his life.
While it’s good to have goals, the Christian’s response is the glory of God. Believers must glorify God in all their plans as well as in the implementation of those plans. Jesus himself said, “I must be about My Father’s business” (Luke 2:49).
Make your life count for God.