An Eternal Clock

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” 16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil (James 4).

Not only do we not know what tomorrow holds, we do not even know if tomorrow’s world will hold us! Yes, it is indeed right and good to make plans—we just need to be sure we acknowledge that those plans already fall into God’s providential control.

Saying “Time flies!” is like saying “Water is wet!”—they are equally true, but usually not as self-evident. We arrogantly assume our bodies will just go on living for years and years—that no accident will befall us and no disease will invade us. We think we have all the time in the world, and the truth is, we do! It’s just that this world’s time runs on a temporal clock—not an eternal one.

Lord, because we belong to You through Jesus Christ, thank You for the eternal clock you have ticking within us. Help us This Day to set our day by this clock. Amen.