By John Tornfelt
Sunday, January 01, 2006
You never know what a day will bring. You can’t be sure what might show up at the doorstep of your life. Some developments are more trivial inconveniences than life changing events. Computer glitches and fender benders are not going to alter your life much but natural catastrophes such as a tsunami or California mudslide will. Life will go on if you throw out your back but an emergency appendectomy is another story. And good fortune can come along too. You get an unanticipated promotion or some lawyer calls and informs you that when your rich uncle died, he left you a nice inheritance. You never know what a day will bring.
Just ask our friend in
Let’s give the fellow some credit. From a business standpoint, he was astute, perhaps shrewd. If you had opportunity to trade places, you may not have done things any differently. But what displeased God was his attitude. He’s had a bumper crop and he is looking for more. It seems as if he’s gotten a little ahead of himself and left God a little too far behind. God says “enough.” You never know what a day will bring.
But how do we make plans? How do you and I prepare for our tomorrows? Do we really differ? My guess is probably not. So if we want to avoid hearing anything that sounds similar to what the fool heard, it would be good to listen up to James, the brother of Jesus, before taking even one more step into the future. (Read
James shows us several faulty assumptions we can make about our tomorrows in