“Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your
life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” James 4:14
“Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
Solomon says that visiting a funeral is greater than visiting a party. At a party, people think more about that night of festivity and folly. But at a funeral, we are inclined to think about eter- nity. James in our text, ask a great question; “What is Your Life?” It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
Magazine publisher J. I. Rodale, a zealous advocate of health foods, claimed at the age of 72 that he would live to be 100. The same week that his prediction appeared in The New York Times, he was being interviewed for a television program, again claiming that his bones were as strong as ever. Moments after making his boast, he died of a heart attack.
Dr. Stuart Berger, a nutritionist, claimed that he had the formula for living past the century mark. Although he had supposedly found the secret of youthfulness and had convinced many to follow his advice, he died in his sleep at the age of 40, grossly overweight. Then there was author Jim Fixx, who advocated running to prevent coronary trouble. Yet at the age of 52 he died of a heart attack ironically while running.
You did not decide when you were born and when you will die but you do get to decide how you’re going to live your life. Do you know how ﬂeeting your life is? Are you living it or wasting it? How are you spending your life? Are you living in a way knowing fully who you are and why you’re here or are you dashing to live, hurriedly spending precious time chasing things that will not really matter in the end?
Because any day, even today, may be our ﬁnal day on earth, we need to be sure that we are ready to depart. Are you? In the ﬁnal analysis, each of us must pray, “I trust in You, o Lord my times are in Your hand” (Psalm 31:14-15).
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