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Answer to Question 3

Why does James tell us not to boast of our control over our own destinies?

In verses 13 through 17 James reminds us not to boast of our control over our own destinies. He warns us not to say that we shall journey to such-and-such a place tomorrow or that we shall do such-and-such a thing. He reminds us that every aspect of our lives depends upon God, and we should acknowledge that by saying that we shall do such a thing "if the Lord wills."

Folk sayings often reflect the wisdom of the Bible. It is still said in rural areas when travelling, "Good Lord willing and the creeks don't rise..." What a quaint way of remembering the awesome power of God.

James sums up Chapter of 4 by stating, "If a man knows what is good, and does not do it, this is sin." Throughout the Book of James, we have been advised as to what is right to do. James is telling us that to be good, we must be pro-active. That is we must act good as well as refrain from evil. He has given us much good advice. It is his fervent hope that we heed it.

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