How can our plans for tomorrow cause us to fail to do right today? Have you ever said… I’ll start exercising tomorrow? I’ll eat healthy tomorrow? I’ll save money on my next paycheck? I’ll be nicer tomorrow? I’ll tell the truth tomorrow? I’ll apologize tomorrow? I’ll be a witness tomorrow? I’ll tithe next Sunday?
Oh the life we waste today while planning for tomorrow…
One of our biggest mistakes is to put off doing what we should do today by saying we will do it tomorrow. Since the whole span of our life is but a “vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away,” we would do well to consider how to spend our “today.” (James 4:14)
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17
Focus on the phrase “to do good.”
Plans that we make for tomorrow that ignore our spiritual responsibilities as believers (“to do good” according to the Word of God) today are CONTRARY to God’s will. When our will begins to supersede God’s will, this is evidence of our pride rearing its ugly head. This happens to all of us, but the key is recognizing it and quickly turning our hearts back to Him because God simply does not give grace and blessing to the proud (James 4:6; 1Pe 5:5–6). He resists the proud. Read Proverbs 16:18, pride leads to destruction.
Submission to God requires a humble spirit that is willing to submit ALL plans to His guidance. This doesn’t mean that we make a plan then ask for Him to bless it. It means that we seek His will in prayer and Bible study first, so that we can be assured of His leading (John 7:17). All planning apart from submission to God’s will is arrogant (the Bible calls it boastful)!
Simply put, to ensure that your tomorrow isn’t a disaster, your today must align with the will of God. The only way we will ever fulfill our life’s purpose is if we follow God’s will daily. This means that we will walk in the Spirit and resist the temptation of the flesh daily, we will fulfill our spiritual responsibilities daily, and our life’s actions will bring glory to Him daily. These are the tactical steps in living a fulfilling purpose-driven life.