Hear Cat Stevens' song here.
James sure nailed this presumptuous belief in his epistle. In James 4:13 and 14, (BBE) it says, "How foolish it is to say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go into this town, and be there for a year and do business there and get wealth:' When you are not certain what will take place tomorrow. What is your life? It is a mist, which is seen for a little time and then is gone."
This song also reminds me of Christ's parable of the rich farmer. This man had a bumper crop and decided to build bigger barns to store his grain in. Then he decided to relax and live off his bounty. Luke 12:20 (BBE) tells us what happened next. "But God said to him, 'You foolish one, tonight I will take your soul from you, and who then will be the owner of all the things which you have got together?'"
We North Americans tend to be self-reliant people. To appear needy is looked upon as a sign of laziness by some folks. But Jesus said in John 6:27 (BBE), "Let your work not be for the food which comes to an end, but for the food which goes on for eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you, for on him has God the Father put his mark."
What a relief it is that no matter how bad things get, we know that our Lord is watching over us.
On Monday, I'll post about working for our bosses as if they were Christ himself.