Today or Tomorrow

Today's devotion from James 4 & 5. One day, I'll...

We've all thought it. We've all said it. We've all meant it. Yet, this is a somewhat pointless saying. I have wrestled with this since saying goodbye to my grandmother. She loved to travel, and shop, and eat, and live. But over the last couple of years her mobility declined to the point that she spent the last year or so essentially bed-bound.

She was only 79. I know active men and women who are much older than 79, but I can't assume I'll be like them. I have begun to look at my family pedigree...and it isn't good. Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer, heart issues, and strokes they're all in my family tree. Thinking through this, I've become convinced that I need to start living. I don't know if I've got 60 years left or 60 minutes, but I can redeem this moment to the fullest extent.

I think this is the heart of the matter for James as he concludes chapter 4. We don't have a promise of tomorrow. If the sun rises on our next day, it is a beautiful and supreme gift of grace that allows it. As such, we should treat eace experienced day as the precious gift that it is, and denounce any entitlement we feel about any day to come.

Instead of entitlement, we need humility. We should humble ourselves to the point that we submit all our tomorrows to the One who graciously gives them. When the day comes that we find there is no tomorrow, we should not be angry, but grateful for each of the today's we have had. We can only do this when we willingly surrender ourselves, our pursuits, and our goals to our Sovereign God.

I'm sure you are like me. Your calendar is full, and your schedule is tight. That shouldn't stop us from adopting the perspective that God gives todays and tomorrows, and, so, this moment is His. How will I glorify Him in it?