"Go to (come) now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that." James 4:13-15
2020 was a doozie, and I am sure it will not soon be forgotten. The world came to a screeching halt, and we were relegated to our homes. I spent my birthday eating a pizza I bought the day before, as we were not able to dine in restaurants. We watched church on the TV, and I must say I did enjoy rolling out of bed and drinking some ice tea curled up on the couch while watching our pastor preach. We stopped having Freedom That Lasts for eight Fridays straight, and up to that point, we had not missed a Friday. Our plans that we had for the remainder of the year were changed, and we spent the next couple of months in a state of limbo. It definitely was a year we did not plan for, and I learned that I am fool to plan anything without considering God’s will and plan for my life.
I have tried to apply this verse to my life, and to include "Lord willing" when making plans. I know it is wise to plan for the future, but our plans should include, "If the Lord will", as He controls and knows all things. We often live life without God in our plans, and we treat the future as if we had full control of what is to come and what we will do. We look to the future with little consideration of God in our view, and we often only think of what we desire to do instead of considering God. Our life will vanish like a vapor, as many of us who have lost loved ones can attest. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, and the future is not guaranteed.
Luke 12:17-20 "And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow (store) my fruits (crops)? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?" This story lays out to us how we should live our life. We often pursue earthly things as if they have grave importance, and we plan as if we will never die. We live like we are invincible, and we often fail to consider God and His will for our lives. This man pursued the things of this world, and his possessions were so great that he had to build greater barns to build room for more stuff. We have storage sheds to store items that do not fit in our homes, and we continue to buy more. We seek earthly treasures, but it seems eternity is not a thought in our minds.
Matthew 6:20 states, “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” Where are your treasures stored today? Do you make plans without considering what God would have for you? Do you see the brevity of life? Do you number your days? Our life is so short and we should live with eternity in sight as we will be there before we know it. May we realize that our life is a vapor, and may our heart reflect this truth, "If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that."
Stay in the fight!