Alan Clark (14 Jan 2011)
"Do Not Boast About Tomorrow"

Do Not Boast About Tomorrow


James 4:13-17

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"; 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 evil.

17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.


We 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.


Luke 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.


Proverbs 16

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.