Devotion for Saturday October 28, 2017
Topic: What Is Life?
Text: James 4:11 – 17
In our bible reading for the day, James put up an argument which started from James 4:13 concerning those who think that they have power over their future. He asserts that no man knows what will happen tomorrow. Unfortunately and sadly too, so many people either carelessly or due to pride assume that they can do something about the future by boasting to fulfill their pride and arrogance.
Proverbs 27:1 says, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” God has not given us the power to command the future which means that we should depend on Him for each day. No wonder Jesus taught us in the Lord’s Prayer: Give us this day, our daily bread … meaning one day at a time. We can only plead to God concerning the future and not to command the future.
Beloved, all your plans must depend of course on the continuance of your life which God alone offers because when the life is no more, all plans end. Unfortunately, what most of us don’t know or fail to remember most times is that life is transitory and evanescent as a basis on which to build any plan for the future. We can’t calculate on the permanence of a vapour neither build any solid hope on a mist. Therefore, we must know this fact that our future is in the hands of God and let this spur us to rely on Him in all we do.
Food for Thought: “Man that is born of a woman hath but a short time to live and is full of misery; he cometh up and is cut down like a flower; it flees as it were a shadow and never continues in one stay.” – Book of Common Prayer
Memory verse: James 4:14
Prayer: Help me, O Lord, to understand that life is just a mist and transitory so I can depend on you for each day of my life in Jesus name. Amen.