The Peril of Presumptuous Planning

Text: James 4:13-17
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: September 25, 2011

Do you have big plans? Do you plan to be married? To have kids? To buy a house? Do you plan for your kids to go to college? Do you plan to retire at a certain age?

Do you plan to be in church tomorrow?

There is nothing wrong with making plans. “The plans of the diligent lead to advantage” (Prov. 21:5).

But it is a great sin to leave God out of our plans.

James has been exhorting his readers to humble themselves before God (4:6,10) and has admonished them for playing God (4:12) when they judge others.

James admonishes those who think they can determine the time, the location, the duration, the activities and the outcome of their business venture.

They are guilty of leaving God out of their thinking both in their consideration of His sovereign will (He controls the future 4:15) and His revealed will (precepts/commands 4:17).

We must humbly say, “Thy will be done”.

I will see you tomorrow morning, DV.

Posted on September 25th, 2011 | Permalink