When the Scriptures are neglected, the people of God experience “no rain.” Only when preaching is based on God’s Word are God’s people blessed and refreshed. Only when the Word is faithfully and carefully preached will there be explosive spiritual growth as a greenfield of freshly watered crops.
Knowing God sees our activities is an excellent reminder to God’s people. In 2 Timothy 4:1, we receive our commission from the Lord himself, “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom.”
James is not discouraging good planning. He’s saying you and I should live so that we submit all our plans to God’s sovereign will and seek the Lord’s will, not our own. So let’s keep those words close by, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”