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April 25, 1995

God’s Business Credo (Part Two)

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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 and brag. All such boasting is evil. JAMES 4:13-16
There’s nothing wrong with planning. Many Scripture passages speak of the necessity of counting the cost before you begin a construction project or of consulting wise counselors before embarking on a new venture.
In this passage in James, however, the businessmen made one fatal mistake: They failed to consult God about their plans. They neglected to follow the advice in Psalm 37:5—they forgot about committing their plans to the Lord. They didn’t give God a second thought—their entire initiative was made as if He didn’t even exist.
That is certainly not the approach we need to take if we want to do business God’s way. At the beginning of each day, we must pause to recognize God’s supremacy. Rather than make arrogant presumptions about the future, we must accept the reality of human frailty (James 4:14). We must acknowledge that despite all our planning and strategizing, we don’t know what will happen tomorrow; we don’t even know if there will be a tomorrow.
We must live as if we understand what life really is—a declining shadow (Psalm 102:11), a whiff of breath (Job 7:7), a vanishing cloud (Job 7:9), and a fleeting wildflower (Psalm 103:15).
In summary, God’s business credo is this: Plan carefully and follow through on those plans, but never forget the presence of a sovereign God, the frailty of man, and the mysterious unpredictability of life.

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