Since I returned on Tuesday afternoon, I have spent two very long days on our Annual Report for Cornerstone Bible Church. I love planning. I love thinking strategically. But as I have been preparing this report, I have found myself even more dependent upon the Lord. Everything we plan needs to be held in an open hand, trusting God for the results. The one passage of Scripture that I always come back to when I do this is 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 things to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin."
The proper response to such a passage is not to avoid planning. God is a God of planning. But it is to hold all such plans in an open hand, asking the Lord what He desires to do through you. I pray we do that with our vision and annual report at CBC. And I pray you do that with your homes and businesses.