Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Special thanks to Peggy Graff and her guests for providing this uplifting and inspiring addition to us in her Dog Days Duets series. I pray that these weekly selections will uplift your spirits and feed your soul as much as it does mine.
James 4:13-17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Boasting about Tomorrow
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.” 14 Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. 17 Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
“You do not even know what tomorrow will bring.” Those words of James always ring true, but perhaps they ring louder than ever now. Over these past few months, nearly everyone has scrapped plans—some plans that were carefully made a year or two ago. Indeed, we do not know what tomorrow will bring. Not only that, he reminds us poetically that our lives are brief: “you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” He says, in effect, we ought to add that phrase we sometimes add when talking about our plans: “God willing.”
It is the last sentence that stands out in relation to the uncertainty of the future and the brevity of our lives. What do we do today, since today is the only day we can be reasonably sure we have? We can put that into three simple words: the right thing.
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster