“Humble yourselves before God and He will lift you high.” (James 4: 10) Humble yourselves, for “God opposes the arrogant and gives grace to the humble.” (James 4: 6)
James suggests that you not say that tomorrow you are going to do this or that, or go here or there. Instead he says, “You have no idea what tomorrow will bring.” (James 4: 13) Instead, you ought to say, “If it be the Lord’s will, we shall live to do this or that.” (James 4: 15) James warns that it is arrogance which leads you to boast of your plans as if you know your future. “All such boasting is wrong.” (James 4: 16)
James calls you to “come close to God, [so] He will come close to you.” (James 4: 8) Ask God for the wisdom you need to plan your days. For “if you fall short in wisdom, [you] should ask God for it and it will be given [you], for God is a generous giver who neither refuses nor reproaches anyone. But [you] must ask in faith, without a doubt in [your] mind.” (James 1: 5)
As you ask God for wisdom, know also that “the grace He gives is stronger.” (James 4: 6) God’s grace is stronger than the adversary, stronger than the world, and stronger than you. “Be sorrowful, mourn and weep. Turn your laughter into mourning and your gaiety into gloom.” (James 4: 9) As you humble yourselves before God, He gives wisdom and grace so that you overcome the world.