13-15 And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.” – James 4:13-15
A New Year… it may be a year filled with new business and old leftover business. New dreams, new resolutions, new goals, new possibilities and new opportunities.
This would probably describe most of us, as we move into the new year. Most of all, we have dreams that this year will be different, better, a move forward from last year. All of us may take some time and reflect back on yesterday, the last year and wish that we could set a firm course for how it could be different and what could be different in the new.
There is indeed nothing wrong in an of itself with this. The issue becomes when we define ourselves, our relationship with others, our relationship with God and even God himself by the success and failures of new plans, new dreams, new opportunities.
If the dreams and plans are successful and things go how we think they should, after all all of us want a better tomorrow, than we feel good about ourselves, others and God. However if they crash, if they fail, if our dreams do not go as we had hoped, the ending result is an outward expression of disappointment.
We can become negative on all parties. We become irritable with others, down on ourselves and demanding with God.
What has happened is that what once was a dream has become a definition of our very life and thus the success of those dreams and plans now has become a need. Our very lives depend on this need being filled. Thus the pursuit of the dreams and plans now become our idol and as a result have taken the place that only God can hold.
So rather than trusting in God’s sovereignty we trust in our own knowledge, efforts, energy and as a result the failures of these efforts begins to define us as the failures we often feel like sometimes.
Instead of us laying the plans before God. resting in the hope, courage, that only comes from Him we are now resting in our own. We have lost the wonder of God and lost belief in His grace.
Yet, His grace is real and He is indeed sovereign. Go ahead dream, plan, take those opportunities with the understanding that in His sovereignty he will bring them to pass if that is His plan and what is best for us.
If not rest in knowing that His grace will bring the comfort assurance and hope that God will bring new dreams, plans and opportunities but while walking through the bruising and crushing feeling of the loss of others He will bring a new awareness that He truly is the passionate lover and that passionate love is directly aimed at us and He really does know what’s best.
So go boldly into the new year with the confidence that the next step, He knows.