Who Can We Boast In?

August 10, 2019: Josh

Today was Lighthouse’s last meeting of the summer 2019 semester. It was funny, as the worship team ended the worship session with ‘Blessed Be Your Name’, and it was one of the songs we sang at our first meeting. To reminiscence and remind ourselves, that even amidst the joys and the suffering – God takes away, but He will also continually give.

The passage for tonight was James 4:13-17. A short passage, but hard to live out in the world today. We also went through the passage and explained the literal meaning, verse-by-verse. Then, we dived into certain themes.

  • James points out the contrast between v15 and v13: that one should yearn to act accordingly to the will of God and act by His sovereignty over their lives. That the people should reassess their claims and think about what they are missing in their claims. For they believe they have control over their claims on life, but they are grossly mistaken.
  • If we examine ourselves though, we realize this is difficult for us to do because we like to plan and have control over our lives. We often do not actively think about how our lives should be lived out as an offering to Him.
  • It is the boastful pride we carry inside us. This place of wanting control in our own lives. The pride of life.
  • In v16, we see that not only are they prideful, but they also boast in their pride. God is removed from the equation. Not about what God is or will do, all remains is only their own plans.
  • James leaves them with a warning: that because they know, they must change. He is calling us to take a humble look at our lives and see that we do not have control over our lives. We might think we are guaranteed tomorrow, but we really do not (CE). 
  • Josh references Ecclesiastes and how the author describes living as an enigma. One day we are here, and the next like the wind-  we are gone. The same with Job 38:4-7:

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?

Bottom line, we are called to remember God’s sovereignty in our lives. That although we do not know what tomorrow will bring, because we have the trust and hope that God will be there beside us – there is nothing to fear. To see that God’s will is not for us to stay on the path we carved and laid forth, but for us to seek and walk His path, by the saving grace of Jesus.

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