Timeless truth about God’s will. Our passage today is packed with truth about arrogance, mortality, and sin. First, let’s look at arrogance. It is arrogant to presume upon tomorrow. Certainly we should PLAN for tomorrow but we are to do so without PRESUMING upon it. Instead, we are to live in light of the sovereignty of God. That means we submit not only our plans for tomorrow to God, but our very presence in tomorrow to God.
Secondly, we are live in light of our mortality. Life is “just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” Most people live as though they will never die. Unfortunately even though they live in denial, the brevity of life is unchanging.
Thirdly, if we fail to do the right thing, “to him it is sin.” It is the sin of omission that is often mentioned. If you know something is right and you refuse to do it, it is sin.
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 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. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” James 4:13-17 NASB