Deo Volente
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Deo Volente

James 4:13–17  (ID: 2553)

The passage of time often brings to light panic or presumption. But what does the Bible say about how we are to view our time on earth? James 4 provides practical wisdom for facing the future and conducting our planning. Alistair Begg contrasts what we say about the future with what we ought to say. Christians will be distinctive in our culture if we can say wholeheartedly, “God first, and God willing.”

Boasting About Tomorrow

13Come now, 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”— 14yet 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. 15Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.