Alan Clark (14 Jan 2011)
"Do Not Boast About Tomorrow"
Do Not Boast About Tomorrow
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"; 14 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. 15
Instead you ought to say,"If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this
or that." 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is
17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
all plan with linear thinking. We look to the years past and lives of
those before us and expect the future to remain linear or go in a
strait line. We plan for non-linear events by buying insurance of all
types. In our generation we expect what we have observed as the norm.
We assure ourselves with projections of a prosperous end like the man
in the verse above.
Making plans is a good thing
but boasting as if you are in control of them is sin. We must never
forget God is in control. His Plan for mankind and our personal lives
WILL happen as He wills. We have not been given the details of our
personal futures. Also we must never forget we live in a fallen sinful
world and our end is death.
What’s so sinful with
this man’s plans as told to us in James. To start with he said he knew
he would be alive tomorrow. He was declaring that he is God having
control over life and death. Instead you ought to say,"If the Lord
wills, we shall live and do this or that”.
Let’s look at another man with his plans. He’s looking to retire and he’s got all his ducks in a row.
12:16 Then He (Jesus) spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a
certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within
himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my
crops?' 18 So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns
and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my
goods. 19 And I will say to my soul,"Soul, you have many goods
laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be
merry."' 20 But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will
be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have
provided?' 21 "So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is
not rich toward God."
We must all spend the
years God has given us here to serve Him knowing all good things come
from Him. His eternal plan for mankind is written in the Bible and
someday He will judge this world as we know it. That will be a
nonlinear event for those who don’t know Him.
1We can gather our thoughts, but the LORD gives the right answer.
2 People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives.
3 Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed.
4 The LORD has made everything for his own purposes...
5 The LORD despises pride; be assured that the proud will be punished.
18 Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.
33 We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall.