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