Day 5 (28 Feb 2020) – Seeing life from God’s view
James 4:14 (NIV)
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.
This world is a strange place and it often doesn’t make sense. This verse reminds me how easy it is for me to assume I know, that I understand but that is not the case.
Answering why there is pain and death and everything else is beyond us. God sees the big picture, the view from 10000 feet. We don’t see that – we can only see what is in front of us. But how do we live a life that is not overwhelmed by what we see in front of us? How do we look at this verse and not just stop?
“You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
Trusting God – remembering each day that He does see everything, that He is walking beside you, that He leads you through the complications, that He made you because He loves you more than any of us can imagine, that He created you just the way He thought would be perfect and that He wants you to love those in your world just like He loves you and that is enough to make you worthwhile and a critical part of His beautiful picture.
God is trustworthy. Is that what you believe today? Do you need to remember?
It does matter what we believe. God is worth believing.
Written by Therese Manning
You really get a greater sense of perspective when you are up high in a plane or at a lookout or in a tall building. I love those places. They seem a world away. Imagine being in such a high place. The little things on earth seem so small and insignificant, but wow God is still so deeply concerned about me and you and the next person that he has a plan for each one of us. Plans that all come together for good. Amazing. Praise God.
I find this verse so encouraging for two reasons. Firstly, I am reminded that no matter what my ‘tomorrow’ might bring, God is with me in it because He is already there. And secondly, when I might have a rough day or a rough week that seems to drag on, I am reminded that the whole of my life is just a ‘mist that vanishes’ and so my day or week pales into insignificance. But this verse challenges me too because it reminds me that I have so little time to make a difference! Lord, help me to use wisely what little time I have!
Thanks Therese. It really is all about asking God why I’m here on earth at this time. What’s my ‘Esther’ moment, ‘for such a time as this?’ Make each moment count, no matter what the season.