The fallacy of planning for tomorrow (or anytime in the future)

James 4:13-15. . .”And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, ‘Today, at the very latest tomorrow, we are off to such and such a city for a year. We are going to start a business and make a lot of money.’ You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You are nothing but a wisp of fog, catching but a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead make it a habit of saying, ‘if the Master wills and we are still alive, we will do this or do that.'” (The Message)

Today’s devotional sounds like most people nowadays. This just proves that people don’t really change. We are always planning for our future. In and of itself this is not a bad thing; we just have to remember that nothing is promised. This flies in the face of the prosperity gospel which claims God has much wealth in store for us. There is truth to the prosperity gospel but it is more internal; i.e., from the inside out.

This does not mean we shouldn’t be ambitious. Ambition is a good thing because it is better than living an idle life. Worldly ambition leads us to pray to God with wrong motives which serve to only benefit ourselves only. True ambition involves living humbly before God and walking in the Spirit. Maybe it would help us to look at all the other blessings that our business brings us rather than just the monetary ones.

Follow your dreams but be realistic. Put God first and remember nothing in the future is set in stone. It is a fallacy to believe we have our whole lives ahead of us because every day is a gift with no promise of another day. Although our spirits will live on in another realm.

Dreaming dreams

Joel 2. . .”And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions

.”I once heard Charles Stanley (aka, “America’s Pastor”; next to Billy Graham that is) say that if you’re not dreaming you’re dying. God has placed a dream inside of every believer in His Son that requires an extraordinary step of faith to carry out.

Many Christians are just content with being saved and going to heaven that they become too content with life and get stuck in a rut of everyday existence. That’s called settling for an average or mediocre lifestyle.

Although our steps are preordained by the Lord, we also create our destinies by taking what God gives us and going as far as we can with them; For His glory of course.

No person was put here by accident and nobody was meant to live an average existence. The fact that you’re here in this time shows that the world around you needs something that only you can provide.

So, in closing, what dream has God placed on your heart to carry out in your life? You may have blinded yourself to your dream by telling yourself you weren’t good0 enough or equipped enough to carry it out but if you’re seeking God with all of your heart you’ll find it-if you want to anyway. If you want to do more than just live day to day without any goals.

Of course the first step to finding God’s will for your life is accepting Jesus as your personal Lord & Saviour, then being filled with His Holy Spirit to empower you to live victoriously.