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You Are Just a Vapor

August 8, 2018


You Are Just a Vapor

With all our physical pursuits  from day to day,  we easily get totally centered  on our desires.     Our thoughts  are only on what we want,  how we want it  and  when we want it.     We set up goals and deadlines  so that we can forge forward  to successfully obtain  what we want.

The reality  of God  does not even begin  to enter the picture,  because we only consider  what we want  in life.     Knowing our sinful natures,  James wants  to help us keep our lives  within the perspectives  of what is right  in God’s eyes.     In James 4:13-17,  he writes,

Come now,  you who say,  “Today or tomorrow,  we shall go  to such and such a city,  and spend a year there  and engage in business  and make a profit.”

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.

Instead,  you ought to say,  “If the Lord wills,  we shall live  and also do this  or that.”     But as it is,  you boast in your arrogance.     All such boasting is evil.     Therefore,  to one who knows the right thing to do,  and does not do it,  to him it is sin.

When we leave God out  of the total picture  of our lives,  we are,  in essence,  setting ourselves up  as our own little gods.     It is arrogance  that pushes God Almighty out  of the picture.

We are fully aware  that we are the ones  that can get sick  and die.     We know  we could get killed  in an accident.     We know  we could get a disease  that will wreak agony  in our puny bodies.    And,  we are very aware  that we are incapable  of creating stars,  planets,  sky,  grass,  or anything else  in all creation.

And yet,  we have the audacity  to leave God out  of our daily lives.     We know  God is God.     We know  He will be our Judge  for all eternity.     We know Jesus is  our one and only Savior  from all sin.     We know  only the grace  of God  can sustain us  through this life.     We are aware  of our propensity  to fail  when we try to do things  by ourselves.

But, in spite of all this knowledge,  we proceed  to do evil  by leaving God Almighty out  of our lives.     God is our heavenly Father,  who greatly desires  to lead us  in all righteousness  during this very short life  of ours.     In light  of the fact  that our life span  is relatively nothing  but a vanishing vapor  in all of eternity,  it only makes sense  to look  to the almighty Creator  of all things  for the guidance  we so greatly need — especially since He really wants  to lead us  to our eternal salvation.

Daily laying our lives  before the LORD of lords,  and depending  on His grace  to sustain us  in living for Him,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  let Your will be done  in the life  You have given me,  that Your love and salvation  may be glorified forever.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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