James 4:13-17 (ESV) Boasting About Tomorrow
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 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. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
If you asked anyone a year ago that we would currently be in a pandemic, they would likely have not taken you seriously. If we had really thought it would have gotten this bad, the past two administrations would have done more to stockpile the things we are short on now. We might also have not dismissed Doctors, Scientists, and at least one businessman who said we were not prepared for this pandemic. It is always easier to be a backseat driver. It is always easy to say what we should have done in hindsight.
We can take this passage of scripture above as advice. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow. I believe that almost everything we have done in New Jersey has been based on the best information available at the time. Whether we open the state up slowly or quickly, we don’t know for certain, how things will turn out. None of us can be certain about whether this virus or something else will be our ultimate demise.
Verse 14 says, “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
Take any spray bottle or aerosol and spray what is inside. As it moves through the air it disperses and seems to disappear. You might see little droplets appear on a surface, but if the droplets are small enough, you won’t see anything.
More advice to follow is verse 15, “Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”” I am very thankful that I have not been sick during this pandemic. I am thankful that I still have a job. My sister, who lives in North Carolina, went through two 1-week furloughs before they finally fired her. I am sure that some of you may know someone who has been furloughed, fired, or has to work reduced hours. Let us keep them in prayer. If you have, try to share with those who do not. Let us also reach out to friends, families, and neighbors and help in whatever way we can. Even if it is just to call them.
Remember that no matter what happens, God is with you. It may seem like you are being tossed about in stormy sea, but Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, is in the boat with you.