How did the apostle James apply his God-given wisdom to human planning? His letter cautions us to beware the fleeting nature of life. As Alistair Begg teaches, we cannot know what tomorrow will bring. Only God knows the future. If we claim to have such control over what we plan, we commit idolatry by wanting to be like God. He alone can give meaning to our lives by reconciling us to Himself through the work of Christ.
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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