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June 11, 2016



James 4:13-14


Now listen, you who say, today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town, stay there a year, conduct business, and make money. You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.



James confronted his audience as the Old Testament prophets did. He began, “Come now”. The person in James’ illustration was probably a traveling Jewish merchant, ” the materialist core of the contemporary bourgeois prosperity.” Jewish merchants were common in the culture of James’ day, and undoubtedly some of them were Christian Jews. The man’s plans were not wrong in themselves. The problem is what the merchant did not consider: his complete dependence on God.

To what extent is your life directed by the knowledge that Christ is coming back? Much of our thinking and behavior is shaped by what we can see of present circumstances or past events. Yet Scripture speaks forcefully of Christ’s return as a fact that should be directing how we live now.

Christians are to be motivated by the certainty of this future event.


Memory Verse: Proverbs 27:1

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