“Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away,” James 4:13-14.
Many of us make plans ahead for tomorrow, next week, or even next year, and yet we really don’t know what will transpire that could well prevent those plans from happening.
You see, our lives really are like a vapor, for we are born, we grow up, and sooner than we might expect, our children are grown and have children of their own.
Our bodies that at one time were healthy and strong, have now become weaker and we get tired just walking up a few stairs.
You see this life that we are now living is not meant to go on forever; there is a beginning and there is an end. And yet we hope for that life that is to come, where these bodies will take on immortality.
But until that time, there is still much uncertainty as to what each day may bring forth.
And yet we live in a world where we must make plans and schedules so that others will know that we can meet them at such-and-such a place, and that they can count on us.
The world we live in is made up of calendars and dates and times. Just like the clocks that hang on our walls, our schedules fit into those hours and dates.
A job starts at a certain time, and ends when it’s time to go home. Our children go to school and the bell rings, and then each class is over at its designated time.
Our seasons are seen as the trees begin to bud, and then again, the leaves turn colors and fall to the ground when it is autumn. Finally, the winter cold months arrive and we gather our coats and turn up the heat to keep us warm.
There are schedules and events that happen even during the cold, wintry months, and we plan and give ourselves more time to travel because of the ice and cold. But no matter how well we plan ahead, accidents sometimes happen, and plans change.
One eventually learns the valuable lesson of slowing down and learning how to relax even when tensions are high and tempers flare. This life has an ebb and flow to it, not dissimilar to the mighty ocean waves that come upon the shoreline.
Go ahead and make your plans but realize that things happen and our lives are but a vapor.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?