A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
This is a question the Class of 2013 will be asked many times during the course of the next several weeks, as graduation day quickly approaches. But the answer to the question is one that requires serious thought, for it will reveal your worldview and understanding of God. In the New Testament letter of James, the brother of our Lord stresses how to live out one’s faith in Christ. Living by faith and walking in the Spirit plays a key role in how we approach and plan for the future. Addressing wealthy entrepreneurs’ in his day, James writes, “…you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’ yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
These words of the Lord tell us that there is nothing sinful in planning for the future as long as we do not lose sight of the bigger picture. In contrast to our lives being a mist (steam, vapor) there is the reassuring doctrine of the sovereignty of God. As disciples of Jesus Christ our plans and desires are to be continually brought before Him as we pray “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
So what are you waiting? Start planning and start praying for His will to be done, not yours. You will never regret it!