James 4:13-17 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
If you know what God wants you to do with your life and you are not working towards it, that is sin. Pretty intense huh? Every once in a while we need little reminders of such powerfully irritating words. Even for the most devout Christians these words will convict you to your soul. Actually I’d say these are some of those words that shake a devout follower of Christ to the core, but might leave the self righteous arrogant type untouched. I understand not really knowing where you are going, or what God has planned for your life. God is a mystery, for us to discover, and that is okay, that’s how it should be! Where the problem lies is when we stop attempting to discover God… when we think we’ve got him figured out and keep going one direction without questioning it. What we need to do with our lives is spend each day, every morning wake up and say “God, if it is in your plans, this is what I am going to do… if not, guide me to where you wish me to go.” This is something that I need to work on and learn to do better. I think if we’re honest with ourselves all of us could use a little learning/practice in this area