“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’ — 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. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this and that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.” (James 4: 13 – 16)
We call it self-confidence, confidence in our education, confidence in the marketplace, confidence in our plans; God — through Solomon and later through James — calls it arrogance, and that arrogance is equivalent to evil.
On the other hand, Jesus tells us, “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6: 34)
So, we are not to arrogantly state our plans for tomorrow as if we are in control of it nor are we to worry in anxiety about tomorrow since we are not in control of it. Instead we are to seek God first and trust Him to carry us through today and into tomorrow as He wills. And when we speak of tomorrow, we are to say: “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4: 15)
If the Lord wills, we will be alive tomorrow.