FAITH BIBLE CHURCH | Edmond, Oklahoma – January 16, 2022 – Master Plan by Dr. Mark Hitchcock
James 4:13-17 NASB1995 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” 16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin. https://bible.com/bible/100/jas.4.13-17.NASB1995
Introduction “Make the plans, don’t plan the results!” Verses 6, 10, 16 humility in regards to the future.
I. The Plan (13) “Come now” = “Pay attention.” What, where, when, why…. Proverbs 15:22, Romans 15 Paul planning to go to Spain. Plans are good.
II. The Problem (14, 16) Plan was made without God. It was presumptuous and without prayer, made with boasting and arrogance. Plans are good, but realize the future is UNKNOWN. Job 7:6, 7:7, 9:25-26, 14:1-2 , Psalm 39:4-5, 102:3, 102:11, 103:15-16. On life: I was awake, I blinked, and it ends. We can’t “bank” time.
III. The Prescription (15) Submit our plans and aspirations to the LORD. Proverbs 3:5, 16:1, 19:21 “IF the LORD wills… !” Deo valente = God willing (DV) Acts 18:21, 1 Corinthians 15:7 Acknowledge God’s Sovereignty over life. Write your plans in pencil, not in ink. Begin each day in prayer, thanking Him for His help and guidance. He is in control. Make the most of today. Enjoy it. Life is not a right, it is a gift, a daily gift from God.
IV. The Principle (17) clearly, we know the right thing to do. It’s wrong, a sin, to not do what we know is right. The most important plan is the plan for eternity. A foolish someone whose plans ended at the grave.