VBC – Sunday Evening 09-30-18
All right, James 4:13 , That's we will go into such a city and continue their year and buy and sell and get gain or as you know, not what shall be on the morrow for what is your life. It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away for that.
Ye ought to say if the Lord will we shall live and do this or that but now that you rejoice in your boastings all such a joy seeing his evil therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth not it is. Do it not to him. It is sin. This is such a great passage. I read this and I couldn't help but think I find myself doing a lot of the boasting that this passage talks about Trent told me that he'd want me to preach it aims for 13 tonight.
And first I was I was on for it, but the more I read it the more I start to get convicted and tonight I'm warp so preaching to myself and I am to the church really worked in my heart because. Like the black the passage said to boast about tomorrow in the now those who do it is Bible says it's evil says it's in and I don't think any of us want to live in sin as children of God before I start.
I want to tell you a story real quick and Iwo of Business Journal he wrote a story and he says this was a real life story. There was once a boy and his dad was a was a CEO of a business or the present of a business there and his dad would come home every night and you go straight to bed you wake up early in the morning you leave me go to work and you repeat the cycle in the boy asked his dad one day.
Is that a defined they had a day off he went up to his dad and he said Dad. How much do you make an hour and his dad and I got pretty angry said why do you want to know don't business son go to your room go to bed. His son went to his bed and his dad sat down. He thought he's like maybe my son saving up for something.
Nice. Maybe he wants to buy a toy. Maybe he wants to get his mother a gift. Well his dad walks into his room and he says son. Why do you want to know in his son said Dad? I just want to 50. So his dad isn't 50 bucks and he says maybe my son's going to go do something. Well, he sees his son look under his pillow take out 50 more dollars and combine it.
He says Dad. This is a hundred bucks now. May I buy an hour of your time tomorrow? And that story just this past reminded me that story because this Dad would always go in thinking about tomorrow tomorrow tomorrow tomorrow, but never about today the time he had with the sun and with this pastor going to tell us in verse 13 it says.
Go, you know that say today or tomorrow. We're going to such as hitting continue their ear and buying and selling get gain first thing. He's going to tell us here in this passage. We don't know anything about tomorrow and we really don't it isn't our place even talk about tomorrow to even think about it.
Jesus even tells us to only worry about today because today has enough problems of its own right? It's every day has its own problems Matthew 6:34. Take therefore. No thought for the of the morrow for the morrow shall take care of the things of itself sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Jesus even said, he's like guys don't worry about tomorrow because he think today's about tomorrow has its own problems and the work themselves out. Jesus even tells us Parables and stories about foolish men who take thought about tomorrow in Luke 12 16. He says this he said he spake a parable unto them saying the ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully.
So it tells a story about a rich man who I guess was a farmer there in his land brought forth a lot of stuff. All right, and in verse 17 and he thought to himself he says what am I gonna do with all this stuff? I don't have enough room. He says my silos are for my barns are for my animals are full.
He's like, what should I do? So he says, you know, I'm going to build some bigger barns in the neck in the next verse and he says I'll pull down my Barns and build greater and there will I bestow all my food. In my goods and he says I will say into my soul thou Hast much Goods laid up for many years and take these and he's and drink and be merry so he says I'll build these big barns.
I'll build these big farms. I'll strip all this food and he's like life will be good. I'll be in the shade drink and pink lemonade. He's like everything will be great. Well that night after he builds those barns of the parable that goes to say. That the Lord came to him and he said this he's like you fool this night.
Thy Soul shall be required of thee then whose things shall be which now Sprite. He's like well after you build all these barns got conducting says tonight you're going to die and all that stuff you built up. What do you want to have to do with it now? He's like who's going to have it now that just shows us that one we could die.
We don't anything about tomorrow to the stuff. We have won't last us through eternity in a Matthew 6:19 even tells us later. If not for yourselves Treasures upon Earth where moth and rust doth corrupt. And where thieves break through and steal the stuff we have here the selfie thing for we have for tomorrow the provisions.
We left side for tomorrow aren't promise. They aren't certain everything that's promised is God's word and how powerful he is. And the next Point here is US thinking about tomorrow gives us an improper perspective about life and in trusting God, right? Did you notice in the Old Testament and the children of Israel in the wilderness?
How would they live day by day? God will give him the provisions day by day. He delivered to give them their positions day in and day out need even tell him he's like. Don't take for tomorrow unless it's the Sabbath and that's when the work itself out as well. He says take what you need to date eat what you need today.
And tomorrow I'll do the same thing. We have a God who give who provides for us day by day. We shouldn't have to worry about tomorrow. When Jesus even modeled prayer Force. He told us to pray for our daily bread. Correct. We have a God who would take care of his children daily Matthew 26 says behold the fowls of the air for they sow not neither do they reap nor did it on the barns yet?
Your heavenly father feedeth them. Are you not much better than a witch witch witch of you taking though can add one cubit to his stature and why take ye for thought for raiment consider the lilies of the field how they grow they toil not neither do they spin and yet I saying to you then Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these we're for God so clothes the grass of the field today is and tomorrow casting the oven shall he not much more clothe You O ye of little faith.
Therefore take no thought saying what shall we eat or what shall we drink or wherewithal we shall be closed for after these things the Gentiles seek for your heavenly father knoweth that ye have need of all these things Jesus Christ said this he said hey the fowls and the birds in the air they fly around and they don't think all man.
I gotta do this. I gotta do this if I'm wondering if I'm gonna live a good life. I got to put these things I got to do this this this and this. He's like they just take it day by day. And God takes care of the birds of the air and Jesus even says are you not much more than that? He's like are you not better than a bird?
I would hope you think you better than a bird. He's like are you not better than a bird. He even says the flowers in the field the ones that grow up in every year they do the same thing the ones that bloom he's like if I can take care of those and they don't take any thought about what they're going to do.
Do you think you can do the same thing Bible even says, oh ye of little faith. He goes on to say that taking thought of Tomorrow is what the Gentiles are the people without God. That's how they would think but we have a God who will provide for his daily. He says in verse 31 your heavenly father knoweth that ye have need of all these things shame on me.
If I deny God His Glory by looking and worrying about tomorrow when he's already got a plan to take care of us if he can he if he can take care of the grass outside. Shirley can take care of us. A few weeks ago I was it was a really rough week because some things started hit me. I realized turning 18 soon.
I'm looking at colleges applications. Just trying to car insurance. Oh my goodness, all these bills. Your don't have a hard and I'm looking all this stuff. I gotta buy groceries and I gotta I gotta pick up all this extra stuff and I'm thinking I'm gonna drown man. I don't know what I'm going to do.
I'm not going to be able to take care of myself. I'm like, I don't know what I'm going to do. And I read this passage and I thought I'm talk to myself shame on me for thinking like that. God will take care of me day by day by day. I just need to focus on today's battles and getting to Victory today.
God will take care of tomorrow. It'll take care of the next day and the next day. We just have to trust God today. We shouldn't even we shouldn't boast about tomorrow because one were mortal and to or not God boasting about tomorrow really really does. Comes from Pride, right? We think tomorrow's promise.
We think that will be here tomorrow. I don't know I've seen a lot of things happen people say they make plans and plans always fall through tomorrow's not promised. I want to tell you a story there was two Warring States back in the 1940s one state was certain of Victory after a major and audit my nautical Victory they were so certain that the emperor and all his generals sat down and took a map of the country that are warring with and they divided up they said this will put our soon to be.
We'll put the people here this world Farms. This is where we'll make our trade routes. They said they divided it up. They had all these Maps drawn out there legislation written up of how they govern it about who they did point to rule it and they thought they wonder where they thought the war was so certainly one.
But literally they know the country that they'd gotten that victory over would come back take them over and win the war. I tell the story. It's about Imperial Japan and the United. Right after the events of Pearl Harbor Japan had already drawn up plans and how they divide the land that they conquered little do.
They know they weren't going to win that war and I tell you the story just to further push the point that tomorrow is unpredictable. Tomorrow's unknown tomorrow's not sure what we think we know may not be certain poverty's 21-7 or sorry 27:1 even tells us boast. Not thyself of tomorrow for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
Godly is not plain and simple. He's like don't boast about tomorrow. Don't brag about tomorrow because you don't know what's going to happen. That is God's job know. It's going to happen tomorrow not our job know what's gonna happen tomorrow. We don't even know what the future holds they may be worried or be thinking about tomorrow.
But God has a plan for tomorrow. We just have to trust and Proverbs 3:5 and 6. I love this and uh, the more I read it with this passage. The more Gods began to work at Martin says trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He Shall direct.
Thy. We just have to trust God step by step by step by step. And that is the way we will lead live a truly successful and joyful life. I heard some of the testimonies and I just loved it because it was awesome to see Juan and how his family was starting to come to him and just to watch Wan take steps of obedience small steps of obedience and his mom got saved to continue to serve God and in his dad came to know God and now he's not as moving on to a biting his other family and his brother.
God blesses The Obedience it says we leaned in the god leading the God with all your understanding. He will make your path straight. He would direct your paths. So if to do how comforting is it to know that worrying about tomorrow isn't our job right? One of my favorite things to say to people and ask me a question.
I really don't know what to say. Hey that's out of my pay grade because it takes all responsibility off my shoulders when we worry about tomorrow. Guess what? It's God's job to take care of the event that things tomorrow how comforting to know that we just need to trust him day by day. James even makes the comparison to say we could die.
Tomorrow James is Right life is a vapor. It's like a Morning Mist that soon vanishes life is short and uncertain there are no guarantees about tomorrow. Let alone the next year or even 10 years from now. You may be young and healthy this morning and you could easily think oh, yeah. I know what I'll do tomorrow, but you could die tomorrow.
I had a friend back in middle school and he always told me it's like I'm going to join the Air Force them to do you pile that's what he said he wanted to. You want to be a pilot? So come to join the Air Force Andrea pilot and he was so certain about it one day 11th grade year. He got his driver's license.
He was driving to school and that was the last drive you never take he passed away after and after a head-on collision there and his plans for tomorrow. We're no more wheat the same thing could happen to us our plans the things we know those things may not happen Bible even goes on to say that we're all going to die in it.
We no one knows when their turn is. And maybe a little bit more bit but not really. It's just truth are boasting. It are boasting since Americans are boasting about tomorrow or boasting about the things that are going to come that all comes from arrogance and pride and verse 13 till it smells of arrogance.
It says today or tomorrow. We're going to such a city continue their ear. It says we'll be there and we'll buy and we'll sell it will get rich on make gains. There's a lot of mention of what they all do but there's no mention of what God will do verse 16 James tackles on tackles this sinful prideful attitude notice.
They're almost prideful boastful pride of life. You know, they have their minds me at first John 2:15. It says love not the world neither. The things are in the world. If any man love the world the love of the father is not in him, you know their attitude their they said we're going to make Gain will get this will get that one will brag about tomorrow.
But see this attitude we see the Nebuchadnezzar to write while walking on the roof of his Palace and Daniel 4:30 says the king spake and he said of this is not the great Bible on that I built for this house of that of the Kingdom by the modern power and for the honor of my majesty and we find out God didn't like that because God comes down from heaven and tells him it's like, you know what you think you built this Kingdom.
He's like, I'm gonna destroy it. It's like there would be no more. I will take our movie from power and no one will remember you that's what happens James readers were they were professing? There were they probably weren't as crashes Nebuchadnezzar and proclaiming their own greatness, but it's possible and I'll fall into the same trap.
It's almost a practical atheism right where we proudly think I've decided to do this and I decided to do this and it's like you can come with go go with or without me but bless God I'm doing this and we don't acknowledge. What God's will is the Bible even says in the next verse Lord willing before you do anything say hey if the Lord Wills, I mean hopefully this will get done, but we need to know this.
I never want to take considering what God says. I to making decisions. I never want to take what God would have to say. I did a citizen's everything we have comes from God by his grace and we fall in a pride and we don't keep that in mind. How can how then can we live in a you know, we live in a Viewpoint that life is a vapor God is Sovereign yet.
We're so poem prone to Pride. We have a God we can boast in though, right if there's one thing I can take pride in there's a I can take part in my God. How do you take part of my God because he's holy he loves me. He's Sovereign. He's Eternal. The one thing that is promised to Mars that God still going to be there.
The one thing that's promise Mars that God's word is still going to be the same as it was the day before and the day before that. We have a God who doesn't change. It's the one certainty we have in life we can post in that we can post them Victor. He's given us right Bible says God has made us more than conquerors and his video was great because God has made us more than conquerors.
You can boast of how he saved us. And humble obedience that God is our only saying course right home. Obeying. His will is the only logical course you have to reading these verses because one it says not doing so is sin boasting about tomorrow's sin and it's also the only rational choice because we know tomorrow is not certain but we have a God who is certain we can take in the Lord because there is consideration.
There are planning we can do that Scott McKnight even said, this is a quote. He says he is urges to take the Lord into consideration and all our planning. We therefore have no excuses in the matter. We know what we are to do to fail now to do it. James wants to makes to make the reader clear. This is sin to not take God's consideration into a choice or what you want to do is sinful to thank you have tomorrow promise to send for to thank you can do anything without God.
It tells us that this is sinful. I love this because think about tomorrow. We always say I want to do this tomorrow when it is small. We almost get tunnel vision effect, right? We were looking at the thing down the tunnel, but the thing in front of us, we don't see a little you know, there's there's something in front of us.
There's an obstacle there that we need to tackle first before we can get to the point. That's down the road. Listen to this. We have a god who's allowed us to serve right now. We have a god who's opened up doors for survive. I mean thanks to my people my friends in the youth group. We have tons of stuff we can do right now that mean sure there may be opportunities down the road that we think are coming.
But at least we know that the right now is certain right now as promised we can serve God right now because we know that life is a vapor and because we know that God is Sovereign and because we know that after we finished by six o'clock or y'all be mad at me and because we know that life is a constant battle and that humble obedience to God's will is the only logical course I would ask you to consider this think about what God wants you to do with your life.
And what's your life will look like once you die because you don't know when it is what we do. We are we going to take the actions now, we want to keep looking down the road and thinking that tomorrow is promised. We have a God who is great God it was powerful and a God who is eternal and he's allowed us to serve him that is such a great thing.
And I'm so happy that God has allowed me to serve him today. I'm sorry. The gods allowed me the opportunity to serve him in the present and the right now and I'm happy that my God loves us and he's given us these chances.