Read: James 4:13-17 Memorize: James 4:17 Pastor Josh January 21-27, 2016
"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 is saying in the phrase "Go to now", Listen! He wants us to catch what he is trying to say here. Have you ever been reading and then you get to the end of a paragraph and you think, "what did I just read?" It is easy to just read and not comprehend what you have read. James wants us to concentrate on what he is saying. Have you ever been so busy in your day to day life that you forget about God? God is not mentioned in this verse at all, because like many of us we get too busy with life that we make plans for the future and totally leave God out.
James tries to remind us that we don't know the future, only God does. "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." Our lives are short, unpredictable, and completely in God's hands. When your young it seems like life can go on forever, but James compares it to a vapour, a puff of smoke or your breath on a cold morning. What consideration should we give for our future? Have you thought about serving God full-time? Christian school teacher, pastor, missionary, or camp worker?
What we should say concerning our future is what James mentions in the next verse. "For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that." How should this verse affect your future goals for your life? God should be in the center of it. He has so much He wants to give to you if you would just let Him guide your life.
Notice what James says though in the next verse about someone who thinks they have arrived without God's help. "But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil." This is like the rich man in the Bible that says, "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." He left God out and God responded. "But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; then whose shall those things be, which thou has provided?" (Luke 12:19-20)
In the last verse James gives us a warning. "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." Deliberate sin is knowing what not to do, and doing it anyway. How many times have we failed on this one? Trust God for the future and seek His help to make the right choices in your life.