Why, you do not even know
what will happen tomorrow.
What is your life?
You are a mist that appears for
a little while and then vanishes.
JAMES 4:14 (NIV)
It really is true that no one has a guarantee of tomorrow. Everyone on the face of the earth has a prognosis of “terminal” – it’s just a question of when. As others have pointed out, the statistical odds of dying are impressive: 1 to 1. If you’re born, you will die. When our bodies are healthy, we tend to avoid this truth; but sooner or later the truth comes knocking at our doorstep … and it won’t go away without taking us with it. James 4:14 is right: We are “a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
Yet this isn’t all bad. Often it’s just this that causes us to look for answers and turn to God. And if the uncertainty of life here below leads us to the certainty of life above, we will have found the biggest prize of all. For I’ve read the Book and I know one thing for sure: there are no mists in heaven.
“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered –
how fleeting my life is.
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
at best, each of us is but a breath.”
We are merely moving shadows,
and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth,
not knowing who will spend it.
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
My only hope is in You.
PSALM 39:4-7 (NLT)
On the journey with you,