“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
James 4:13 – 14 NKJV
Few people say, “I’ll see you tomorrow … unless I die before then” or “If I’m still alive this weekend, we should go see a movie.” We all make plans, whether it is a summer vacation, a college choice or a career. We naturally assume that we will live long enough for those plans to come to fruition.
There is nothing wrong with that approach. These verses in James are not telling us that God gets mad when we make plans for the future. They are pointing out that our plans are always secondary to God’s plans for us. We can assume we will get old before we die, but that does not mean it will happen. None of us knows for sure how long we will live.
Folks, we can either be depressed by that thought or we can use it as an inspiration to make every moment count. If there is no guarantee of tomorrow, let us make sure we spend today wisely. Feel like telling a loved one how much you appreciate them? Do it today. Feel like apologizing to someone you have hurt? Do it today. There is no guarantee you will have a chance to do it tomorrow.