Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13–15, NIV 1984).
My Musings – As seen on social media: “It was a sad and disappointing day when I discovered my universal remote control did not, in fact, control the universe. Not even remotely.”
We would like to believe, I think, that we are the masters of our own destiny. We want to control our own lives, if not also the lives of others. At least to the extent that their lives might impact ours. But if there is one thing that the past year or two has shown us, there is more outside of our control than there is inside it. Even things that are supposed to be within our control (like things created in a controlled laboratory environment) can very easily get out of control.
If it is so difficult to control what is supposed to be controllable, what makes us think we could control larger things in our universe. We do our best (hopefully) with the time we have, the talents we are given and the resources that are provided, but in the end (and “in the beginning”) it should be a comfort to us that God is the one in control. Always has been, always will be. He can say to the tempest tossed waves of the sea (or anything else in all creation — like global warming for instance), “this far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt?” (Job 38:11, NIV 1984). He can bring back in control the things that have gotten out of our control. He can also allow them to spiral out of control (play out as prophesied) as we reap the consequences of our own folly.
My Advice – Lately, it seems to me that God is permitting things to spiral out of control (out of our control that is) as we count down to Armageddon. The “doomsday” clock has seemingly accelerated its approach to midnight. Will it continue to advance, or will God in His grace bring its advance to a temporary halt (“this is where your proud [hands] halt”) or even retreat? Let’s be ready for whichever direction the hands go.
The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.