The Best Laid Plans

January 14, 2008

James 5:13-16  “Go to now, ye that say, Today or to-morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a short time, and then vanisheth away.  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live and do this or that.  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.”


When typing this passage out, the last five words really caught my attention.  “All such boasting is evil.”  The attitude that we are going to do this or that without taking it to the Lord in prayer or even considering that such an undertaking; regardless of how routine, may run beyond our days under the sun.  Most of us do it without thinking.  “I’m going to work.”  Or “I’m going to run out to the store.”  (“I’m going to post.  Next summer, we’re going to Orlando.”  Hmm)  I can’t help but wonder if the Lord is sometimes amused by our most carefully concocted schemes as we go about our own “plan of the day.” 

Last month, the week before Christmas, tragedy struck when a guy who works at the plant, lost his wife unexpectedly.  She was in labor; giving birth to triplets when complications arose that were without remedy.  (The triplets are all doing well)  The headline in the Kalamazoo Gazette read “They…Had So many Plans.”  It was a complete shock to everyone at the plant.  Although I don’t know the family, (the plant is filled with people that I don’t know, due to the size of the population) they are, without a doubt, in serious need of prayer.  I cannot even imagine going through such an ordeal. 

Each of us will have a final moment and it can tap us on the shoulder at any time.  Some see it coming for a long time while for others, it’s the proverbial “he never knew what hit him.”  Most of us have the head-knowledge of this, but fail to grasp the reality of it.  Every time I hear of a fatal auto accident, I think of this.  The victims were going about life as usual, however, somewhere between points A and B, the unthinkable happened. 

Sorry for over-emphasizing this most obvious of points, but the temporal nature of this world has been on my heart lately.  Perhaps because precious little time is remaining and the return of Jesus is at hand.  Or perhaps it’s because so many of us, including myself, aren’t using out time as wisely as we should.  Instead of being about our Fathers business and laying up treasure in heaven, we’re going about implementing our own itinerary and asking the Lord to bless it.  We can quote I Peter 1:24-25 in our sleep and yet unwittingly fail to apply it to our lives.  If we applied it as we should, we would probably spend less time online (a note to myself) and more time reaching out to a world that desperately needs Jesus. 

Ecclesiastes 8:8  “There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.”

“There is no discharge in that war.”  A discharge, like a shot fired during combat, is an action taken to alter the flow of events.  A person will use their weapon to fend off attackers and hope to live another day.  Yet in the battle to remain alive on planet earth, there’s really nothing  that we can do.  No matter how careful we are, it really is in the Lords hands as he holds the very breath of life.  Our health cannot deliver us and sickness cannot take us, unless the Lord permits it to take place.  This shouldn’t be a troublesome thought, but a comforting one if we’re in Christ.  The Lord can sustain us in any situation.  And when our final moment does arrive, we have an inheritance incorruptible that shall never fade away. 

II Corinthians 5:1  “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” 

The final moment should not cause the saints to be fearful, but it should cause us to look at things from an eternal perspective.  To ensure that Jesus Christ is truly Lord in our lives keep our eyes on him continually.  He is our life and peace; regardless of the difference a day makes.  If we live, we live unto Christ.  If we depart this world, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.  If we are washed in the blood of Jesus, we’ll be participating in the heavenly chorus long after the final atoms of this universe have dissolved. 

John 6:27  “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.” 

Well, it’s about time to go.  I wanted to make note of three blogs which I have found recently, and a fourth who has been here for a while, but recently started up a new blog.  All are on the blogroll, but here they are again as to bring awareness.





This next link is to Richards site where this most sobering post is available.  It’s astonishing, the sheer number of unsaved people that we pass by every day and Richard addresses the seriousness of this. 


Until the next time, have a blessed day in Jesus.



  1. Just so, Timbob, thank you for your timely reminder. I like the photo especially. It really does seem that everything is now coming to some kind of point, though what exactly is always hard to see.

    Proverbs 3 v5-6 is really what I am living right now.

    5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;

    6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make your paths straight.



  2. Greetings Peter. Indeed our own understanding will come up short every time. Great verses to keep in rememberance. Thanks.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.

  3. Just to let you know that I drop by your blog. Good day to you and God bless. 😉

  4. Timbob:

    First off, thanks for your comment on my blog entry #41: “Take Up Thy Cross.” Secondly, thanks for this blog entry. I liked what you had to say. Here is a verse that came to my mind as I was reading your entry(and you probably have heard this one too): “For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” – James 4:15. Also, I think you probably meant to write James 4:13-16 (instead of James 5:13-16) in this entry. GOD BLESS!

  5. Greetings Becky. Thanks for stopping by.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.

  6. Greetings Tommy Joe. It was bound to happen eventually. Thanks for alerting me to the numerical error. Of course, James 5:13-16 is really good too, but in this case, I was meaning to refer to James 4:13-16. Thanks for stopping by.

    have a blessed day in Jesus.

  7. Hey Timbob,

    Again, great post and a good reminder – to store up our treasures in heaven. To seek the Lord’s counsel in everything and put our hand to the plow and never look back. Jesus was always about His Father’s business and so too should we strive to be. God’s blessings and keep writing for His glory! ~Jen

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