13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
Wow – this is a sobering passage. The Message versions translates v 14 this way…
“You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog…”
It is such a tension to hold a right view of myself – on the one hand: I am beloved of God (Roms 1:7) – a masterpiece (Eph 2:10) fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14) – and then James warns me here in this passage (and as the Message version puts it)
I am a wisp of fog! In the grand scheme of eternity my life and my plans here on earth are but wisps of fog. But in the hands of my Master, my Lord and My King – my life has meaning and purpose – and I am called to walk in His ways and do the good things that He has planned for me to do. What God wants for me is what’s important.
Lord may I walk confidently in the knowledge of who I am and YOUR plans for me – and not be caught up in the importance of MY plans.
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn