13 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”— 14 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. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin." (James 4:13-17, ESV)
DON'T PRESUME TO KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS!
13 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”
14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.
16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
Arrogance: an attitude of superiority manifested in presumptuous claims or assumptions
"The ship was not destroyed by an iceberg alone. It was also destroyed by a state of mind, an unseen force, that would ultimately lead to downfall. In a word, arrogance." (James Cameron, Film Maker; Screenwriter)
" 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment..." (Romans 12:3, ESV)
DON'T PRESUME TO KNOW HOW LONG YOUR FUTURE WILL BE!
v.14 "...What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes."
"The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away." (Psalm 90:10, ESV)
" As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more." (Psalm 103:15-16, ESV)
15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted" (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, ESV)
"The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps." (Proverbs 16:9, ESV)
" 9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:9-10, ESV)
Week 6 - Erasing Arrogance from Our Lives
Sunday, we learned the dangers of telling God, “I’ve got this” or “My plan is better”--which is the ultimate sign of arrogance. I cannot think of a better example in all of scripture to help us further understand the dangers of this type of attitude than the stories of Adan and Eve and Jonah.
1. It is hard to imagine that many people would openly and publically confess that they believe they know better than GOD-yet our actions fill in where our words lack. So how do we rectify the issue that not many people would openly admit that they think they know better than GOD, yet all act like they do? Discuss as a group.
As a group, turn to Gen. 3 and read vs.1-7 together aloud.
2. Where in these verses do we see arrogance?
3. Discuss the following statement as a group-- “Adam’s arrogance and desire to be wise revealed the depth of his ignorance”.
Ask the group if they are familiar with the story of Jonah and allow them to share with the group the story as best they can. (fill in where and provide clarity as needed)
5. Read the following verses and describe what is happening in each:
a. Jonah 1:1-3
b. Jonah 1:17
c. Jonah 3:1-3
d. Jonah 3:6-10
6. Read Jonah 4:1-4: Why was Jonah so upset with GOD?
Finally, as a group--look at these two verses and discuss as a group. How do these two verses indict the arrogance that we too often act on toward God?
7. Rom. 11:33-34
8. 1 Cor. 2:16
Arrogance is not anything new to the sin equation for us--it has been something that humanity has struggled with since, well--forever! We cannot think that we know better than God. We cannot offer Him advice as though we are the expert--that is arrogant. We are free to have feelings and emotions and we are free to express them with God--and why wouldn’t we--He knows them all anyway! But we must always be willing to make our plans--align with His plans. We must make our heart--align with His heart! To make our lives align with His plan, because He knows what is best and right for us.