Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
It is presumptuous and foolish for us to think we know what will happen in the future. We can make plans, but without trusting in God's providence, our plans show our arrogance. Everyone plans to get up tomorrow and go about their day, but what if the Lord has a different plan for you? God's sovereign ways are always better than our ways.
But we don't see it that way. We see life from the view of the here and now. God sees life from the perspective of what is always good and right.
The next verse in James teaches us the right perspective on life:
Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that." (James 4:15) To make a plan without trusting in God's plan is to boast in a future that we don't know anything about. The wise and humble Christian will only boast in our God, who knows the future.
The transient nature of our lives, and the eternal nature of God, leads us to submit all of our plans and desires to Him. There's no sense of fatalism here (thinking all that we do doesn't matter). The Scripture doesn't say not to make plans; it says to not make self-centered plans that leave God's good will out of the equation.
If we are but a vapor that is here today and gone tomorrow, and it is God who gives us eternal life in Christ, then how should we live?
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