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Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money." Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that." As it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.
The Question of Control
Without a doubt, we like to believe that they have control. I mean, we like to believe that we have control over our environment. And we like to believe that we have control over other people. And we certainly like to believe that we have control over our own lives. My goodness, we decide what we’ll do and say, right? And we determine where we’ll go and who we’re with. As a matter of fact, we’ve convinced ourselves that the only way God has control over us is if we give him control. And when we do, we have every right to feel great satisfaction, because we believe that our giving him control is a sign of great faith. O yes, we like to be in control.
There’s just one problem, we’re not; we’re not in control. It’s like James reminds us, we don’t know for sure what’ll happen tomorrow. And we don’t have absolutely control over how long we live. In reality, we don’t have nearly the amount of control that we assume we have. And for that reason, maybe the most important question isn’t, “Do we have the faith to give God control?” Instead, maybe we should be asking ourselves, “Do we have the faith to accept that control was never something we had the power to give?”