Week 4, Monday, James 4:13-17


by, Pastor Sunil Balasundaram


Go to James 4:13-17

(Please read the passage before, or after, reading the devotion.)

James shows me how wisdom and humility are so closely linked. Pride blocks God’s purpose (that His wisdom reveals) from becoming real in our lives. James is not saying that we shouldn’t plan for the future. What he is saying is that when I do all the planning for my future, I am living according to my purposes, and I am in control. And that is not God’s wisdom but an attitude of arrogance, and sinful. Humility reveals that God in His love has a purpose for my future. And when I live for that purpose I am doing the right thing, I am living a life that will not “vanish like a mist,” and I am living depending on God’s resources.

Gracious God, how silly of me to think I can control my future. But the alternative of “no control” fills me with fear of the unknown. Forgive me for my pride that gives me the false security in my own human resources. And thank You for showing me that there is another alternative – that of faith and wisdom. I believe that You have a purpose for my life in Christ, and that I can depend on You to provide the means to fulfill it. All I need is to be obedient…and humble. Amen.

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