february 23rd - The Plan
Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. James 4:13-16 (NKJV)
As a child I received a couple of Model Car Kits for my birthday. Model Car Kits are almost a “thing” of the past, but very popular back in the day. They contained well over a hundred plastic pieces that needed to be carefully snapped and glued together. Then it all had to be painted. When completed, they were beautiful miniature replicas of automobiles of all kinds and from all eras. I had one major problem in the process of constructing my Model Car Kits; I did not want to go to all the bother of following the instructions. In the words of a song that was made famous by Frank Sinatra, “I Did it My Way.” One could tell that I did it my way, because my finished product was not a beautiful replica—it was a mess with my signature all over it.
Now we come to real life… I do not have a plan. I know someone who has “The Plan.” Let me explain: A plan has a specific goal that it is trying to achieve. If the plan cannot bring you to the place of attaining the goal, it has no real value. That is the point that James is trying to make. “We” cannot formulate a working plan for our lives, because we do not know the future. So, where do we turn? We turn to the One who knows the future and who has the perfect plan designed for us. Please note the following: God has “The Plan” for you!
Herein is the challenge. Do I have faith in God—do I believe in His goodness—do I trust Him with my life—am I willing to submit to the plan that He has for me? Or, would I rather attempt to seize control of my destiny and work out my own plan? (One last question) Are you convinced that you can make “all things work together for your good?”
The choice is clear: Follow God’s plan and be blessed, or “do it your way” and take your chances. My suggestion? Be the wise man who builds his house on the Rock. Be the wise man and walk according to “The Plan.”
Author's Note: According to James our life is like, "A vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away." What does that mean? It means that, try as we might, we are not in control, and that we don't have any guarantees in life apart from the grace of God. I have one logical choice. Commit myself, my family and everything that I care about, into the loving hands of the One who saved me; to walk in submission to His will everyday and serve His purposes. RJD