Living In The Moment – Don’t Live A Misdirected Life! – May 10, 2016
James 4:13, Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
This week’s blog theme is, “Living In The Moment-All Day, Everyday!” James, the brother of Jesus, says don’t live a misdirected life. Misdirected simply means heading in the wrong direction or going the wrong way. James tells us that we should not live a misdirected life where our thoughts, actions and words follow the wrong path. Misdirection leads to living a pointless life. James 4:13 says, be careful not to say, “’Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ 14Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.”
According to James, misdirected people boasts about what is unsure as if it is certain. He says “You don’t know what will happen,” and he is right. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow. I may make money tomorrow, but I may not. I may spend a year in another city working, or I may not. I may have my health tomorrow, but I may not. Please hear me. James is not saying don’t make a plan. In fact, we need to make a plan, but our plans should always be based on what God would have us do and not simply what we want to do.
So, don’t live a misdirected life by living a self-directed life. Instead, ask God what He would want you to do today, tomorrow and every other day.
Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D