Today’s passage: James 4:13-17
- The same arrogance or pride that makes us think we can slander and condemn other people also causes us to view our will as sovereign.
- If my will is sovereign, then God is an accessory or a boost to my plans. If He fails to meet my expectations, I will think I have a right to be angry. If I get what I want, then I will declare God is good. (This is super dangerous because it will look like I am being spiritual!)
- God isn’t the subservient vapor of an existence…I am.
- God has revealed His will to us in His Word! He has given us everything we need (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Questions to consider:
- How do you learn “the right thing to do”? Where do you get that information?
- What is true of the heart that desires to learn of God’s already revealed will more than to receive a guarantee of their own desired earthly future?
- What place does having a “sense” from the Spirit or visions have after having studied a passage like this? Does it look like God is encouraging us to “Lay out a fleece” or discouraging that kind of practice? Why is the sufficiency of Scripture so encouraging and empowering?