“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. Isaiah 55:8

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9

Have you ever tried to figure out how you’re going to make ends meet at the end of the month, or have you been worried lately about anything? Well you’re not alone, and there is good news. God said that you should not worry about anything no matter how bad it looks (Matthew 6:25-33). It seems that we as human beings tend to judge a problem by circumstances, and sometimes we leave God and prayer as a last resort only when we have exhausted any possibility of fixing the problem by our own means. God actually wants us to pray first, and leave it up to Him without considering any bad circumstances, for there is nothing impossible to God (Luke 1:37). God wants us to learn to trust Him, and the true test is presented when we are stuck between a rock and a hard place, and then decide to leave it up to God. Even when everything seems lost we need to keep trusting Him. The light at the end of the tunnel might be closer than we think. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).”

“But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ” Luke 4:4

Immediately following His baptism, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit to the wilderness where after fasting for 40 days He was tempted by satan. Isn’t it curious that we are often tempted with our weakness at the right time? That is because the enemy knows us and is lurking in the darkness like a beast waiting for the opportunity to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8). In this passage Jesus is showing us how to defeat our adversary the devil. Please notice that Jesus did not fight him directly, nor called angels from heaven to defend Him, but simply quoted the word of God. Jesus used the scriptures as a weapon, a sword that Satan could not defeat. The Lord shockingly stated in Matthew 10:34 that He had come down to this world not to bring peace, but a sword. Think about it! The “sword” to defeat satan is the very words that Jesus spoke, and the prophets wrote. There is no coincidence that in Revelation 1:16 the apostle John described in his vision seeing the Lord as a being brighter than the sun, and with a sharp two-edged sword coming out of His mouth. We ought to realize that if we want to defend ourselves from the evil one, we need to know the word and stay in prayer.

Let’s follow Jesus’s example, and let us face temptation every time with the words of our Bible.

“For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth comes knowledge and understanding” Proverbs 2:6

The second chapter of proverbs is filled with practical insight on one of the most important things that we as believers need to learn in life, and that is wisdom. Such wisdom and understanding will lead us to the fear of the Lord. Interestingly, the Bible in this particular verse focuses on the prioritization of seeking wisdom and understanding. God promises to give wisdom when we cry out for discernment, lift our voices for understanding, seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him (James 1:5). Remember that true wisdom starts with the fear of our Almighty and Everlasting God (Proverbs 9:10).

“... For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time then vanishes away.” James 4:14 NKJV

Isn’t it interesting that the Bible draws this beautiful analogy for us about life being just like a vapor? Have you ever looked at the steam that comes out of your hot coffee in the mornings?   It seems like the vapor rises up from the liquid and suddenly vanishes into the air without warning and there is nothing we can do to maintain it or make it last longer, for if you try to hold  it, it will slip through your fingers. 

In this particular paragraph the Bible is referring to all of us who live our lives thinking that we are going to go on indefinitely doing business, tattooing, or just enjoying life.  The truth is contrary to our notion of time.  In reality nobody knows what is going to happen the same day, nor week. James is encouraging us to live the day for the Lord and not boast nor presume of any length of time ahead of us (James 4:13-14).

Next time you enjoy your favorite hot beverage, remember that your life is a temporary vapor. Now ask yourself: What am I doing with my time left on this earth?