Ezekiel 28-30; James 4

James 4:14 “…you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow.  You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears.”  Warnings against presumption don’t get much more “in your face” than that.  We live in a culture of presumption (e.g. financial company commercials that show geezers spending their retirements skateboarding and parachuting).  Against the great span of geological time our lives are indeed a puff of smoke.  But we have hope, reassured “Before you were formed in your mother’s womb, I knew you.”  And of course our ultimate hope lies in the Resurrection.  Lord, let me live every day like I know my personal judgment is scheduled for 10 PM!

GOD’S ANSWER: If you heed My Son’s parable about the rich man who built bigger barns, you do well. Also listen to the story of the Falcons: they neither tackle nor block, but the Ohio State Buckeyes in all their glory are not arrayed like one of these.  I just made that up, to needle you about wasting your life watching football.  That parable though, do listen up.

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