Tomorrow is the start of a New Year. As we wonder where 2009 went, James words that our life is “a mist that appears for a little while then vanishes” are particularly haunting.
As we look to 2010, James reminds us that any plans we might have that don’t stem from seeking God’s will for us are arrogant and misguided. He also reminds that if we know we are supposed to do something, like help the poor, but don’t do it—that omission is a sin.
The message, then, is that although life is brief, God still has a plan for us, and that plan is so important to his purposes that if we fail to pursue it, we are giving our lives to the service of evil. And if that were not enough, he goes on to remind us not to lose sight of the fact that Jesus will return and the Judge is standing at the door.
James is no soft sell, and these are not easy words for us to read. But they do give us plenty of direction for 2010, I think!