Read James 4:13-17
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
We should trust in God’s plan not our own plan. God’s plan is far greater than the best plan for our lives that we come up with on our own.
Read Proverbs 27:1
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
Q: Can you recall a time when your plans failed or did not go as you hoped? How did that feel? Looking back, what can you learn from the experience? Did this lead you toward God or to trust him more?
Read Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Q: Can you give an example of how reading God’s Word has helped you understand his will and plan when making decisions?
Jesus knew God’s will and plan but following it was not easy. Read Matthew 26:39.
And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
Q: Can you recall a time when you changed your plans because you realized God’s plan was different or better?
Q: When has it been most difficult to trust that God’s plan is better than yours or in your best interest?
Read Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
It is not wrong to make plans, but we must always make our plans under submission to God’s plan, according to his will, and humbly offer our plans up to him knowing that our plans may or may not come to fruition, but God’s purpose always stands.
What are some of your life goals, dreams, or long term plans? Let’s pray about these together.