Pride

Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”- James 4:14-15

How long will you live? Presuming the future without allowing God to rule reveals the sin of pride, which, basically, is independence as opposed to dependence on God. Pride disregards the reality of the brevity and uncertainty of our lives. Believing that your life is a vapor makes a difference in your attitude of self-reliance. We are as fragile as mist, vapor, smoke, the morning fog, or the steam on your cup of coffee. You are here temporarily, and then you are gone, and life goes on without you. Life is transient!

In Psalm 90:12, Moses prays, “Teach us to number our days, that we may present to you a heart of wisdom.” I John 2:16 says, “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” James has reminded his readers often, beginning in 1:27, to keep themselves unstained from the world, as friendship with the world places you as an enemy of God. The world says that we always have tomorrow; James reminds his readers of the brevity of life. Verse 15 reminds us of a true view of God, when you recognize that although man proposes, it is God who disposes. He is sovereign. We are not the masters of our fates. He is. So, we ought to say (:15), “If the Lord wills, we will live and we will do.” Today, think about how you can remember the brevity of your life and the need to have today matter for the kingdom because of the uncertainty of tomorrow.