James 4:13-15 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit,” 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? It is just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.
PRIDE= huperéphania in the greek and is defined as pride, haughtiness, arrogance, disdain.
HUMILITY=tapeinophrosune in the greek and is defined as humility, lowliness of mind, modesty.
Boasting and bragging has taken a high road in the world today. It is a race track that has brought about tragedy and downfall to many. A path that ends up with little to no benefit for anyone in the end.
Proverbs 16:18 - Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.
We as humans spend our entire life making plans and there is nothing wrong with that. As a matter of fact we should plan for tomorrow, but not without God.
The problem with many people is that they plan for this or that without God and when their plans do not work out they tend to blame God for it when they did not even include Him from the beginning.
As the Saints of old used to say "tomorrow is not promised to anyone".
We ALL have hopes for tomorrow but there is no guarantee that they will come to pass.
In this text, the Apostle James confronts the haughty mindset of pride and arrogance through his teaching on humility.
Humility is the characteristic and the way of the wise for scripture declares that it is the humble child taste the grace.
Humility is the road WE ALL should take for it is that road of humility that brings great honor and esteem.
Boasting or bragging about tomorrow is not wise, especially if you are boasting in and of yourself. Self boasting is an expression of arrogance and pride and this type of boasting is evil in the eyes of God.
Pride and arrogance is a deceiving spirit that traps many.
Pride, arrogance, being puffed up and haughty is a path that leads to destruction.
James reminds us in this text we should never exclude God from our plans. Why? Because life is short and we do not know what tomorrow holds.
James bring this argument to the forefront in the form of a question by asking "what is your life"? He then goes on to say it is like a vapor that appears for a little while and them it disappears so we have no guarantee that our plans will work or not because we do not know if we will be alive to see them come to pass.
In other words James is instead of boasting and bragging about what our plans are going to be tomorrow, what we should say is “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
It is God who holds our every breath in His hands. It is God who gives life and sustains it. The 60 seconds in every minute and the 24 hours in everyday is not automatic or a guarantee for God controls everything. He is the one and only Sovereign God of the universe. He alone knows our future.
The prophet Jeremiah states that "it is because of God's mercies" everyday that we are not consumed. We see the dawning of a new day based on God's mercy for us and not because of who we are or what we are capable of doing. It is God's loving and kind mercy towards us!
All of us need to pray and ask God to take away the sin of "self sufficiency" because in reality, it does not exist.
Never leave God out of your plans because it is God alone who has full knowledge of the past, the present and the future and not us.
Pride or humility? how are you daily operating? Do you have look at or listen to me only spirit of self pride? If so, that is a dangerous road to travel.
James' driving home point on today is the fact that you and I have no control of tomorrow.
Seeking God for wisdom, guidance and understanding of His will for our lives is the best decision that we can daily make for it is the will of God for our lives that produce the best plans for our lives. Everything else is short lived.
Today is the day to make plans to one day meet Jesus. Now is the acceptable time.
Making plans for tomorrow? Is God included in your plans?
Who told you that tomorrow would come for you? Tomorrow may be too late!
Tomorrow is not promised so I advise you to choose Jesus today.
Never leave God out of your plans for those plans are short lived in the end.
To know the will of God and to do it not is a sin.
Is God included in your plans for tomorrow?
In all of our getting, let us get understanding.