Presumptions can get us into trouble can’t they? James deals with the sin of presumptuousness, in James 4:13-17, which comes from a wrong understanding of ourselves, in relation to our own lives and ambitions.
That can certainly get us into trouble. We assure ourselves that time is on our side and at our disposal. We make our plans as if personal ability and the profit motive were the only issues to take into account. We often overlook our own frailty.
Listen as Shane Vander Hart explains from James the danger that is involved in making presumptions.
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 thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin, (James 4:13-17).
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