Posted by: missionventureministries | July 22, 2012


Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”– James 4:13-15

James deals with a very factual issue in these verses as he addresses the ambitious attitude of living and planning without regard to God. He rebukes living independently of God with a self-sufficient mindset. We might think that as believers this doesn’t apply to us; however, we must remember that James was writing to believers and he warns and rebukes those who would seek to walk independently of God.

James is not condemning wise, strategic and careful planning. The problem lies in what they did not do; they did extensive planning, but in the course of their planning, they totally ignored God. The Lord was not part of their agenda.

The important thing that we need to focus on, is how we spent our time on this earth and what we will have to show for when we reach the end of our life? How much was invested in the kingdom of God, or how much spent on worldly things? Will we be rewarded at the end for our labor or will we suffer loss at the judgment?

We need to draw close to God and He will draw close to us (James 4:8). When we do that, He will teach us to live each day without regret.

Life is a vapor! Like a morning mist that soon vanishes. Life is a gift from God and compared to the realm of eternity it is relatively short. God’s promise is seventy years, eighty if we are strong (Psalm 90:10), but even if you break one hundred it is still at best a vapor in God’s eyes. There are no guarantees about tomorrow, let alone next year or ten years from now. Our physical bodies are here on earth for only a fleeting moment in God’s eyes (Psalm 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8). 

We should thank our heavenly Father each morning when we wake up, being aware that our entire lifetime exists only one breath from God, the breath of life (Genesis 2:7; Job 33:4). You may be young and healthy this morning, but you easily could be struck and be dead by tonight.

We many not want to or like to think about such things, but if we ignore them, we will not live our life properly in light of eternity.

Have you ever thought about how much time you have left? How much time will you have to hear what God is saying to you and make the necessary changes in the way you are living, before you find you ran out of time?

We should be ready to meet our Maker at any moment and should ask Him often to “Teach us to number our days correctly Lord, so that we may gain a heart of wisdom,” (Psalm 90:12) before it is too late.

James finishes by giving great advice: Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.'” This is where we get the expression “Lord willing.”

Did you know that we are alive today because God wills it? He wants us alive right now at this point in history for a reason. It is amazing to think about this. While we are not here for long, we are here for a reason. God created us for one purpose in life and it is to be in fellowship and to worship Him. We are not normal if we do not realize that this is God’s total purpose for our lives.

If you would like to understand more about worship please go to the following link: How to Worship God in Spirit and Truth – John 4:24


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