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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa.  He is amongst others a blogger and lyrics writer. To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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If we walk in the light, as God is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.  1 John 1: 7.

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Jan 16

Written by: Andries
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:18:22 AM  RssIcon

We must be aware of the dangers of the world’s outlook on life that tries to make us believe that we are completely in control of our lives. This world view has no place for God and although some may be nominal believers in God, they live like atheists – as if God does not exist, as if they are masters of their lives and as if they do not need to consult with God, or listen to him, or desire his leading in their lives, because they, and only they, are in charge of their lives. They, and only they, know what is best for them this year!

 
Now listen to what James tells us in 4: 13 – 16: Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.
 
In verse 13 James pictures business-people making plans for future ventures. They say,
(James 4:13) "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, we will spend a year there, carry on business and make money."
They pick the day of their departure, "today or tomorrow" and they pick the city they want to visit, "this or that city," and decide how long they are going to stay there - “a year."  They declare their intention to "carry on business." and to "make money."
James shows these business-people as an example for us, to issue a warning: "Don't be like them!
 
Can you expect God’s blessing, protection and guidance when he has no place in your dreams, plans, diary, budget, or in any way plays any role in planning your day-to-day business?
 
Let’s take care, this year, not to be professing Christians who come to church when it suits us and pray when we are in trouble, but on a day-to-day basis live as practising atheists. Don’t even try to avoid the most important question in your life:
"What does God want me to do? What is his will?"
 
Listen to the warning James gives us today: (James 4: 14 – 16) You do not even know what will happen tomorrow... Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.
 
Seeking God’s will and submitting to it in this way, is the only way to plan a blessed and prosperous year.
And with this approach, we will always do our best, for Christ’s sake. 

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