James 4:13-14 : We make plans. All kinds of plans for what we are going to do with our lives..for the next day, the next year...for the rest of our life.
James is NOT saying get rid of all those plans. He's not saying, "Forget planning and just live by the seat of your pants." He is also not saying, "Live it up because tomorrow you may die."
James is pointing out how when we make plans for ourselves, we often get so focused on them, we get tunnel vision and lose sight of other things going on around us.
We really don't know what is going to happen to us tomorrow...or even later today. Hundreds of things that could happen....need to not forget that.
When we get focused on our plans for our lives, we lose sight of a couple of things:
Listen to what Psalm 33 says about God's plans: Psa 33:1-11
This is why James writes in what he does in the next few statements: James 4:15-17.
Song: You Direct my steps-comes from Proverbs 16:9 "In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."
Although we will makes plans, we need to be willing to adjust those plans as god directs. We need to keep our eyes, and minds and hearts open to what is happening around us, and be willing to drop our plans to respond to what God puts before us.
Ever been in a situation when you saw something happening to people nearby...car broken down, crying, etc...knew you could do something, but didn't because didn't fit in your plans? These are some of the situations James is talking about.
Sometimes when our will is competing against God's it just frustrates us...trying to do something or focused on a certain plan-distractions, kids, computers not working, etc. We get frustrated and more determined to do what we wanted to do! Learn to say "How do you want me to respond differently to this Lord" rather than getting frustrated"
We know the good we ought to do, but don't. It is disobedience to God's will...which is sin.... God's will is going to overcome ours in one way or another. Best thing for us to is remain open to God and to do our best to align our plans with God's will.
First know God has a purpose for you. Mayt be a new idea to some. Many times we go through life hearing the message that we are no good; worthless. This is a lie!
Eph 2:10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Second, understand God's gerneral will: His will for everyone:
God's specific purpose for you is how He has gifted you to fulfill that general will. What kind of person has he made you to be? Outgoing...easy to talk to...good at planning/organizing...troubleshooter...like to see the big picture in things...good at speaking...good at listening...can go on and on. These are the things that shape you...that determin how you will best fit into the church body...how you will respond to people around you. these gifts can be used in all kinds of ways...use them to fulfill God's general will...in the way you live...the way you lead your family...way you interact with your kids...the way you do your job.
I have resources available to help you get a feel for things you are gifted at...talk to me
God's will for you will be revealed in big and small ways as you respond to Him as James says, "If it is God's will..." Will help you see opprtunities in daily life to make a difference for Him...and He will lead you into opportunities to work and live your life to best fulfill His purposes.
Not my will, LORD but yours.
Leah Addington Testimony.