How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. —James 4:14 (NLT)
We are here only for a moment in time. Unable to understand what life will be like tomorrow, we become trapped in a fog either of our own making or circumstances beyond our control. “Fog”, in this verse, is a metaphor revealing the shortness of earthly life. But it does more than that. It also represents our inability to trust God. Often, when we can’t see clearly enough to take the next step, we become frozen in fear. We forget that whatever happens is like the morning fog. It is here awhile, and then it is gone. We don’t need to vacillate in a sea of doubt and despair. Encumbered by emotions which rage, we should remember that “the grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8, NLT).
“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth,” Isaiah penned great truth inspired by God. “They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it” (Isaiah 55:10-11, NLT).
Whatever your fog, He gives clarity in His Word. He is your guide. No matter what emotional distraught you battle, His Word accomplishes His peace when its truth becomes the foundation of your life (Philippians 4:6-7). You don’t know what tomorrow holds, so why worry about it? (Matthew 6:34) Why be consumed with what “might be”? Instead, be consumed with His Word—His truth. It is your strength and sure foundation through the ebb and flow of earthly life. The Word of God anchors, and steers you home. Trust Him, and remember fog—whether physical or spiritual—always dissipates.
© 2017 Lynn Lacher