James 4:13-14 - The Verses Project

Bible James 4:13-14

Posted June 03, 2013

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

Those living in Moore and the Oklahoma City area over the last couple weeks can testify to the truth of these verses... As the tornadoes tore through houses, schools, and cities, our “mist-like” existence was exposed. Homes were leveled, lives were taken, and dreams were shattered in a matter of minutes. Our generation acts as if a long and satisfying life is owed to us; we act like we are immortal. This verse stands as a loving critic of our assumptions and begs us to be more humble. While we can (and should) make plans, we must remember that we exist as creatures and not as Creator; dependents and not Sovereign; finite and not Endless. While we are a mist, we know of One who is a Rock that we can build a steady home on that can never be washed away or destroyed by a tornado: Christ Himself.

We end with a prayer from “The Valley of Vision”, a Puritan prayerbook:

O God, the Eternal All, help me to know that all things are shadows, but Thou art substance, all things are quicksands, but Thou art mountain, all things are shifting, but Thou art anchor, all things are ignorance, but Thou art wisdom.

This week’s song was written by Joel Limpic, produced by Chris Clark, and artwork created by Oklahoma City graphic designer Tim Krause (http://www.timkrausecreative.com/).