Daily Devotional
 
By Jon Swanson
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Boasting about Tomorrow
 
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.” Why, 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. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15
I realized recently, I can take myself too seriously. I have tendency at times to think I am more important in any given situation than I really am. I was reminded that just maybe the world‘s ability to spin on its axis is not dependent on me. This characteristic manifests itself most clearly in my desire to make sure plans for the future are taken care of. Whether it is financial security, my boys college education or anticipating the correct forecast 7 days out, I can catch myself focusing on the details of life in a way that is outside of God’s will. Being responsible in following God by seeking His Will for our future turns into worry and need for personal control. Don’t get me wrong, 3, 5 and 10 year plans have their place in organizational structure. But they are to be tool, not a god. We can get so caught up in living for the future that we fail to live in the will of God in the here and now. For me, I can get so focused on what I need to do to achieve what I believe is supposed to happen the future that I don’t pay attention to the steps God desires me to take in the here and now.
Perhaps some of this revelation is a result of my going in for physical tomorrow for the first time in over 4 years. I have received several reminders (in my mailbox, from thoughtful friends, my body and even my insurance company) that I am reaching “that age.” But when I was riding the trail on my bike this week I did something a little rash for myself. There were several small limbs littering the trail along my way. Instead of carefully maneuvering around them or pausing to pick them up, I actually sped up a bit swerving around the obstacles and jumping a few. It was almost as though some 12 year old kid had taken over my body. But you know it changed my perspective for the day. It was freeing. I did a better job at seeking God and responding to His Will for my life particularly when it came to the little things. I am still going in for my physical tomorrow, but I am less worried and have a better sense of balance between trying to plan and control my own future and trusting God to take me there step by step.
Think about it…
Why might we have a tendency to boast about OUR future? What does this communicate about our relationship with God? How does it impact the reality of our future?
Is it possible to sin in the other direction of life by never taking life seriously? The wise man built his house upon the rock even though it was more difficult because he knew his house would be more likely to withstand the storms.
How do we know when God is calling us to focus on securing the plan He has laid out for our future and when God desires for us to live in the moment? Most of us err on living a life that is skewed in one direction or the other. Which do you tend to do? Take time today to ask God to help you live a more balanced life in this area.
 
In Surrender to Christ,
Greg