Wisdom that Works
a study of the letter from James 4:13-17
Wisdom says, “If it is the Lord’s                                                 .”
Why is it always wise to say, “If it’s what the Lord wants”?
It’s wise to say, “If it is the Lord’s will” because …
1. We don’t know the                                                 .
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.” (13)
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. (14a-b)

Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring. (Proverbs 27:1)
2. Our lifetime goes by                                                 .
What is your life?
You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (14c-d)

“All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures
forever.” (1 Peter 1:24b-25a)
3. Our lives and activities are the result of God’s                                     .
Instead, you ought to say,
“If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (15)

May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work
of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:17)
4. Bragging about our “big plans” is                                                  .
As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes.
All such boasting is evil. (16)

God said … “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you.
Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” (Luke 12:20)
5. Putting off doing the right thing today is                                                         .
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it,
it is sin for them. (17)

Be very careful … how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most
of every opportunity … understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:15-17)
“Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of                                            .”