Will you be around tomorrow? This question, on a literal level requires a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer but on the deeper level, it expresses the uncertainties of life. It is surely reasonable to make plans for the future but we must always do so with an awareness of life’s uncertainties. As James 4:13-17 reminds us, life is a vapour that appears for a little time and then disappears. In James 1:10-11, James had earlier compared man and all that man could boast of to a beautiful flower which blossoms (prospers) for a while and then withers too soon. What then is the good in making long-term plans when you don’t even know what tomorrow will bring forth? God has purposely left us in the dark concerning future events.
James has nothing against making plans but he condemns the arrogance of those who think they can make their plans without reference to God. We must understand that we do not have any control over what becomes of us the next day. When we recognise who we are before God, we will see the need to always consider His will in everything we do, in everything we say and in every plan we make.