We Know Not What Tomorrow Will Bring!!!

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Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! We Don’t Know About Tomorrow!!!

James 4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

James 4:12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

James 4:13 Go to 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:

James 4:14 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.

James 4:15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

James 4:16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

We live in a world where people have calendars filled in one to years ahead. We haven’t finished today and we are planning next week, next week, next month. The Lord must shake his head often at us. We have his word where he has examples of not counting on tomorrow.

Presumptuous judgments:

Previously, James had warned against making presumptuous judgments about people (vs. 11-12). Now he warns against making presumptuous judgments about the future. We have a mistaken confidence; we think we can predict the unpredictable. It’s not good to make presumptuous judgments. It’s not good to assume tomorrow is guaranteed. And it’s arrogant to make our plans without considering God. James is writing to believers here. They had trusted Christ for salvation; they had given thought to their necessity for Jesus regarding their eternal life, but have failed to do the same regarding their everyday life. We are still doing it is today. We recognize that we need Jesus on Sunday but how much is he a part of our lives every other day? Do we give thought to God when we go about our business? We get out our planners and make appointments for the day or week or month but how much do we stop and think about how God would want us to plan our lives? How often do we pray before a meeting or a phone call, asking for God’s guidance? Do we put God off to the side during the week and then come to church on Sunday saying, “Hey, thanks God for getting me through another week”? When ironically we hadn’t given him much thought throughout the week. We put him on the shelve all week, then Sunday morning (that is for the few you go on Sunday) we put on our spiritual clothes and go be spiritual.

We find ourselves getting our hopes up and becoming overconfident and over excited then something happens that we weren’t expecting and we are devastated. We don’t know what to do. We are angry and confused and we throw away our plans. We become depressed and conclude that we’re a failure; life’s a failure. All because we tried to make certainties out of uncertainties; all because we didn’t expect the unexpected; all because we didn’t plan wisely; all because we didn’t include God in our plans; all because we didn’t listen to God when he was trying to warn us. Sometimes we start to think “I know what My Lord and Father said but I am pretty smart too”.

Life is brief (Vs. 14).

Psalm 39:4 LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.

Psalm 39:5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.

Psalm 39:7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

David understood that it was important to consider the brevity of life. That in the whole scope of things life is but a breath; a vapor. And it is wise to put things in perspective. And it is wise, in realization of all this, to make sure our hope is in the Lord. He is our hope in sustenance and our hope is the success of our lives. Life is brief and uncertain. We never know which day will be our last. This is sobering when you really contemplate it. And it’s not only sobering it’s scary for those who aren’t saved. There are those who have heard the gospel and haven’t responded to it; they are putting it off. They think they have plenty of time. This is a delusion. Some feel like I want to enjoy my sin a while longer I am not ready to give it up yet. The enemy Satan the father of lies can make things look wonderful, he can make people believe there is no hell. we have Preachers telling people “I believe there isn’t a literal hell”, that is a lie right out of hell. Every hour almost 6,000 people in this world go to meet their maker. Our lives can change in the blink of an eye. Therefore it’s important how we live each day.

It’s important that our plans coincide with God’s so that no time is wasted going in the wrong direction. We need to make sure that the most is made of the few years we have. Colossians 4:5 says to make the most of every opportunity. We need to consider the brevity of life, living each day to the fullest. Not the fullest as far as the worlds definition but in the eyes of the Lord.

1Corinthians 16:5 Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.

1Corinthians 16:6 And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go.

1Corinthians 16:7 For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit.

1Corinthians 16:8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.

1Corinthians 16:9 For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

 

To plan or not to plan–that is the question.

Does all this mean we shouldn’t make any plans for tomorrow? Not at all. Making plans is wise; it is part of the good we ought to do. It’s been said if you fail to plan then plan to fail. It’s smart to plan ahead. Saving money in case of emergency or putting away for retirement. What’s not smart is making plans without seeking God’s wisdom. God should always be at the center of all our plans. Therefore, when we’re making plans for the future, we should write them in pencil and give the eraser to God.

Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Proverbs 16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Proverbs 16:10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.

Proverbs 16:11 A just weight and balance are the LORD’S: all the weights of the bag are his work.

 

No matter how big or important any of us think we are, God’s Word stands forth as an unchanging beacon. All other courses must be altered to His. Do things other than for ourselves. If we have family see them, visit them share the gospel with them…PRAY WITH THEM. When we lose someone let us be able to say I was able to bless them. When we are taken to heaven let others say what a blessing they were. Let us not grieve the Holy Spirit…Let us Please the Father, Let us be THANKFUL to the Savior….

Proverbs 27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

Proverbs 27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

 

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.

Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.

Love and Prayers

Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

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