How to Plan Ahead

Week beginning: 16th April, 2017 | By Adam Taylor | London

"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."

James 4:13-15 (ESV)

Lawyers tend to be highly organised people: client deadlines are carefully noted in the work diary and even social calendars are frequently planned many months in advance.

Yet perhaps we are not always as in control as we like to think we are. In just this last week, I have had two friends come to me in a personal capacity for employment law advice as they face losing their job – a stark reminder that we cannot control the future. As James says in the passage above, we "do not know what tomorrow will bring".

Those around us may look outwardly secure and confident but the reality is that both our lives and legal careers are extraordinarily transient – like "mist that appears for a little time and vanishes".

Instead, let us remember afresh that every decision we make in this next week is dependent purely on God's grace and humbly trust the future to Him.

Prayer points:

1. Pray for the humility to know that God is sovereign over all our plans and the confidence to entrust ourselves to His good and loving purposes.

2. Give thanks, in this week after Easter Sunday, for the good news of the Gospel and that whatever may pass, those who have believed and trusted in Christ can rest in the knowledge that our future is secure in Him.