Novelist Jack Higgens, the author of bestseller The Eagle Has Landed, was once asked what he would have like to have known as a boy. He responded, “I would have liked to have known that when you get to the top, there is nothing there.”
In today’s text, James will remind us that life is nothing more than a vapor, and even for those who make it to the top, there is often nothing there. Not only that, the world is like “a ticking time bomb,” so we never know when things are going to explode all around us. That’s why James exhorts us to do good while we can, doing the Lord’s work, because none of us can be sure about how many days we have left on this earth to serve Him.