The Partiality Predicament

Mankind faces a partiality dilemma! Partiality is a biased attitude or behavior: an unfair preference for one person or thing over another. Such a problem is not new: Isaac was partial to Esau for his cooking abilities (Gen. 25:28); Jacob preferred Joseph because of his birth order (Gen. 37:3) and Rebekah for her beauty (Gen. 29:17-18).  We like to think that it is society as a whole that dictates bias, but in reality, it is individual bias that leads to the larger societal ‘issues.’ Strong’s Concordance defines partiality as: The fault of one who when called on to give judgment has respect of the outward circumstances of man and not to their intrinsic merits.

Judging a person based on their outward “circumstance” is indeed a “fault,” and one that every Christian must individually tackle. As we labor to see others’ “intrinsic merits” may we be encouraged as we remember that, while we may struggle, “There is no partiality with God” (Romans 2:11). Whew, that’s good to remember!🙂

Below are a few examples from scripture (emphasis added):

  • 2 Chronicles 19:7: King Jehoshaphat stated: “There is no iniquity with the LORD our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes.” The KJV uses the phrase “respect of persons” in place of “partiality”
  • Galatians 2:6, spoken by Paul: “God shows personal favoritism to no man” The KJV reads: “God accepts no man’s person.” Person in this context is defined as the front, face, appearance.
  • Acts 10:34-35: Peter proclaimed: “”In Truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.”” *Notice that fearing God and working righteousness are matters of the heart.
  • 1 Samuel 16:7, spoken by the LORD to the prophet Samuel, regarding the anointing of David:

“Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him [Eliab, David’s brother]. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for a man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.””

Aren’t you glad that God does not judge us on our outward circumstance, but on our intrinsic (core) merits (virtues)? God’s concern is on the eternal part of us. Will we or won’t we use our free will to nourish the eternal entity inside of us? Such is our challenge. I don’t know about you, but I am happy that the thing I need to most work on is something I can work on. I cannot work on many physical, temporary things that are out of my control, but I can work on the one thing that is spiritual, eternal and fully in my control.


  • Partiality is a human dilemma; God shows partiality to NO man.
  • We, Christians, must labor diligently to avoid the temptation to give preference to someone based on their outward circumstance; rather, we must always strive to “see” through to the core value of each person—not assessing their value through our subjective lens—full of bias, but assessing their value through God’s objective lens—free of bias.
  • Although external conditions may not always have the ability to be controlled, the heart is something we do have the ability to control. God told the Israelites in Ezekiel’s day to get “A new heart and a new spirit” (Ezekiel 18:31). In stating such, God laid responsibility on the Israelites. But the words also reveal a feasible responsibility we have to the condition of our own hearts as well.

The Creator’s Counsel

It is difficult to imagine a created being directly counseled by the Creator, but amazingly such encounters have occurred. One is found in Genesis 4, where we learn that Cain, “A keeper of sheep” and Abel, “A tiller of the ground”(4:2) each brought an offering to the LORD. Not many details surrounding the offerings are revealed to us, but what is disclosed is, “The LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering.”(Genesis 4:4-5).  It isn’t until we get to the New Testament book of Hebrews that we learn, “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain” (Hebrews 11:4, emp. mine). So, we can decipher that, because of his faith, Abel’s offering was more substantial—he did, after all, offer the “Firstborn of his flock and of their fat” (4:4); whereas Cain is said to just have offered “The fruit of the ground” (4:3)—not necessarily the “firstfruits” of the ground. So, how did Cain react to the LORD not respecting his offering? He was “Very angry and his countenance fell” (4:5b).

In verse 5 Cain is angry; in verse 7 he slays his brother, but in the two verses in between, the LORD directly counsels—intervenes by asking the angry one a rhetorical question, then giving practical advice: “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it” (4:7).

Did you see the way God personified sin as lying at the door—to our heart, perhaps. He didn’t give sin an object that we could picture in our minds; just an image of sin itself lying there, begging us to open the door and indulge in it. Romans 7:13-25 runs through my mind as I think about sin and its control in our lives. God tells us to “do well” to be accepted, but in our sinful nature, we “do not do well” —that is sin dwell[ing] in [us]” (Romans 7:17;20). BUT, I love the end of that section, where Paul, after bearing himself, exclaims his wretched state, asks for help (in the who)—and reminds/encourages with truth: “I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (7:25a). 

Cain killed his brother because he gave in to sin “lying” at the door to his heart. If he entertained the Creator’s plea at all, it didn’t last long. Like Cain—and Paul, we too are weak. BUT, “Thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord” that we can be “Delivered  . . . from this body of death” (Romans 7:24).

The Value of the Lost.

Irreplaceable – too valuable or rare to be replaced

Since being hired at my new job I’ve heard that word a lot. Seems that the woman I replaced was an “irreplaceable.” I don’t know how many years she taught, or why she was given that title, I just know that she was considered a priceless asset to their team. The first several times I heard it I was slightly offended—especially since twice the comment concluded with the challenge: “You have some big shoes to fill.” The real humiliation—and shock though occurred at our all-faculty meeting when our principal stood up and, with the help of a microphone, recalled the devastating loss of the irreplaceable saying: “We all know that Mrs.  . . . was irreplaceable . . .” OUCH! He proceeded to utter other words that my brain couldn’t process. When the shock—and shame wore off I subconsciously glanced around and observed harsh lasers still pointed at me. But the feeling of being drained lasted only for a moment because something inside immediately filled me back up! My mind—and spirit were refreshed as I recalled my own God-given gifts and capabilities—and as I remembered the “irreplaceable” nature that we have in Christ! In this life, we are always going to be measured by someone else’s standard (as unrealistic and unkind as it may be), but the only standard we should ever be concerned about is Christ’s. Let’s go back to the definition of the word, and define it, not through the eyes of the world, but through the eyes of our Savior.

Irreplaceable – too valuable or rare to be replaced

Now I’m certainly not limiting God here because that’s not possible. God can do anything He wants! The fact that He can replace is not debatable; we know He can. But does He? Why would He? Not only does He have the ability to create an innumerable amount of people, but He has the ability to (and does) love all of them (and us) as well! So, who are the irreplaceable? They are:

The Faithful Few: Psalm 116:15 reads: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” When the faithful go home to their Father, He rejoices to see them because they are valuable; and rare indeed. Matthew 7:14. Also, in 2 Chronicles 16:9 it is written: For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” Observe the feelings and actions of the Creator of the world toward His faithful. Amazing!

The Wayward Ones: In the three parallel parables that Jesus taught, recorded in Luke 15, something is lost. That means it had been once owned by someone. Why wasn’t the lost item just forgotten about? Because it was valuable; without equal—necessary! The wayward desperately need to go home to their Father, who patiently waits for them. WHY? Because He loves them; they are valuable to Him!

The Lotsa Lost: Enough alone to prove that ALL mankind is “too valuable or rare to be replaced” is the fact that Jesus left the grandeur of heaven; allowed Himself to be confined in the body of a man, and suffered—and died an unfathomable death for ALL of His creation. His amazing sacrifice also shows our individual value. In 2 Peter 3:9, we peer into the heart of the Lord regarding this: “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” The Lord is waiting for ALL His creation to repent and come to Him because they (we) are unique—special—valuable—and truly irreplaceable to Him.🙂

Remember: In this world we have to prove ourselves to be worthy before we are accepted, but not so with God. He accepted us, knowing we could never prove ourselves to be worthy! It’s true, we all have “big shoes to fill”—our own. May we never forget the irreplaceable nature we have in Christ and work everyday to be pleasing to Him in every way.

Hope, an Anchor ~Hebrews 6:19

We sing many thought provoking  songs in worship, but one recently stirred my soul more than the others. Its author: teacher, Priscilla Jane Owens penned the words for her students in 1882. In the first stanza, two questions are asked: “Will your anchor hold in the storms of life, when the clouds unfold their wings of strife?  When the strong tides lift and the cables strain, will your anchor drift or firm remain?” As I sang—and as I sit here, I ask myself, as I also ask you, will our anchors hold in the storms of life? Will they drift away, or firm remain?

Before we can answer, we must know what our “anchor” is. In Hebrews 6:19 we learn that our anchor is hope: “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.” Out of all the possible objects to choose from, why is an anchor used to symbolize hope? Well, because it’s a rather good one. The denotation of the word anchor is, “A heavy object attached to a rope or chain and used to moor [secure or fix firmly] a vessel to the sea bottom.” Most anchors are made of an extremely strong and heavy steel or dense rock, which, when released from a vessel, fall quickly down to the sea bottom, firmly embedding themselves into the sea floor, thereby keeping the vessel from drifting away. Hope does that for us, and in us. If we let it, it will firmly embed itself into our hearts, keeping us from drifting away from the Lord.

Below are three profound verses on hope that I would like to share with you, with the hope that your hope will be strengthened.🙂

Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” The word “deferred” means “scattered; seized” (Strong’s H4900). If our hope is scattered or seized up, our heart is sick, but when the desire to hope again is restored, it is a tree of life!

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” God has thoughts about us; He desires to give us a future and a hope. What comfort this verse provides!

Zechariah 9:12: “Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.” Did you catch that phrase?! Prisoners of hope.” What a profound thought; that we would be spiritually chained to hope, as the physical chain is to its steel anchor! A—Amazing.

What do we hope in?:

The Lord: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is in the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:7).

The Lord’s mercy: “Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine” (Psalm 33:18-19).

The word of God: “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word” (Psalm 119:114).

Eternal Life: “Having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:7).

A living hope: God, “according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1Peter 1:3b).

In order for our hope to anchor us when the storm clouds of life linger overhead; and when the waves rage violently nearby, we must heed the voice of God and remember not to defer hope, but embrace it. We must become prisoners of hope; knowing that what God has promised He will provide, because He is faithful. 1 Corinthians 1:9. xo

Christ Life

In 2003 the Salt Life brand was born. Founded by four passionate water enthusiasts from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, the company’s motto is: “Salt Life is an authentic, aspirational and lifestyle brand that embraces those who love the ocean and everything associated with living the “Salt Life” ( From the catchy title, many “life” claims have been—and continue to be—conceived. From the baseball mom living the “Ball Life,” to the introvert living the “Anti-Social Life,” and the good ole’ country folk living the “Laid-Back Life,” many are eager to share with the world what consumes, or defines their lives.

So what “life” are we living? What consumes, or defines our lives? Using a portion of the Salt Life company’s motto, we can easily place any “life” into the blanks and make it an objective statement regarding any person, faithful to their life’s passion. Try it below.

The ____life embraces those who love ___________ and everything associated with living the _____ life.

Let’s place Christ in all three blanks:

“The Christ life embraces those who love Christ and everything associated with living the Christ life.” xo

We can go even further. Using their motto’s descriptors and actions as a guide, we can claim, as they do, that those living the “Christ Life” will—must be:

Authentic (adj.)- genuine, real 

The authentic Christian doesn’t simply “warm the pew” or “play church;” this Christian, after hearing God’s word, internalizes it—> then applies it—> and lives it! In James 1:21, we read that the word is “implanted” in us; because of this, we must be “real”-ly diligent in our actions—not covering up the engrafted word; neglecting it by not being authentic in our walk with Christ. Remember, the non-genuine Christians—the ones not living by the principles of the “implanted” word, are not deceiving God, but themselves only. -James 1:23

Aspirational (adj.)- ambitious, hopeful

The aspirational person, living their life for Christ is described in Romans 12:12. This person is: “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, [and is] continuing steadfastly in prayer.” This child of God rejoices in the hope of Christ’s return, and the heavenly home that awaits the faithful. More patience in tribulation is possible because of that hope. And because we are human—and some days hope and patience are harder to embrace, the hopeful Christian always continues steadfastly in prayer to the heavenly Father; never severing the lifeline to the great Architect of heaven; the great Lover of our souls; the Holy One who, seeing all our pain, comforts—covers—carries—us. Remember, as Jesus prayed to His Father, cherishing His communication—His connection with His Father, we, who are weak, must never—ever neglect—or disconnect our vital communication—our vital connection with the Father of hope.

Embracing (V)- accept willingly

In order to enter into the kingdom, one must willingly accept the process of entering in. As Jesus spoke to Nicodemus, recorded in John 3, He (Jesus), speaking about the matter of entrance into the kingdom of God, told Nicodemus not to marvel/wonder about the how (3:7); just do. Just accept the process! And recorded in John 8 are Jesus’ words to the believing Jews: ““If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free””(31-32). So, in order to enter into the kingdom, one must embrace the manner of entrance—then follow the path to enter in. And in order to remain in the kingdom, children of God must continue to embrace & abide in His word, being willing to fully defend it—suffer for it—die for it!

 ~Surely the inventors of the Salt Life brand had no idea just how popular their catchy company name would become, or how effectively their well-written motto could be applied to the only “Life” that truly matters.

~ May we always be authentic and aspirational in our walk with Christ; fully embracing the Christ Life, so that we can live an “Eternal Life” in heaven with the Giver of life! xo

You’re not the Boss of Me!

During indoor playtime, two preschool-aged children exchanged unfriendly dialogue after girl A attempted to control girl B:

“You’re not allowed to play in the block center!” emphatically exclaimed child A.

“You’re not the boss of me!” expediently argued child B.

From the outset, two things are observable: girl A desires to have control, and girl B is not willing to submit to her control. Now I admit, I do smirk slightly when I hear children say the “You’re not the boss of me” clause because, not only do they say it with great verbal force; they also show it with (almost) even greater physical force: head jerking, hip swaying, tightened eyes . . . Even from such a young age, we clearly set the boundaries of just who and who’s not in control. But, even when we clearly know who holds the upper hand, do we submit to their authority well, or do we resist? We know that’s a rhetorical question. What is it about human nature that resists authority? Why do we always want to feel like we are in control (even though we never really are)?

Desiring to be in control is innate in human nature; it’s as old as mankind: Eve desired to be “Like God” (Genesis 3:5); she desired to know, which in and of itself is desiring control. Have you ever heard the expression “Knowledge is power”? Odds are, you have. So, human nature says, “If I gain knowledge, I will gain power—and I desire power, so therefore I must gain knowledge.” Sadly though, the knowledge we so fruitlessly desire is that of the flesh—not of the Spirit. And the irony is, true knowledge, which is only found in Christ, certainly does give us power, but not of the fleshy, despotic kind; rather, it’s one of the greatest strength—that of the spiritual, submissive kind.

In the previous publication of Christian Women’s Magazine, our example, or imprint was explored. In the articles, we were reminded of the great power in our example, whether good or bad. This topic of submission ties in nicely with the topic of being an example to others because of the power submission holds.

Wait! Did I just place the words ‘power’ and ‘submission’ side by side? That appears to be an oxymoron? The world will tell you—human, sinful nature will tell you—that submission is a sign of weakness. But, what did the Apostle Peter say to the “Elect” (1 Peter 1:2) on the topic? “Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear” (3:1-2). The willful act of being submissive resonates so loudly that even without a single verbal utterance, the husband may be won over! How true the cliche, “Actions speak louder than words,” is here. What tremendous power lies in the purposeful action of placing yourself under the control of someone else. So, the submissive may appear to be weak and ignorant, yet their obedience reveals their strength and wisdom.

Wives are not the only group who God told to be submissive; we have all been told to submit to one another “In the fear of God” (Ephesians 5:21). True, God gave different roles to men and women, but that does not mean we don’t all have to submit to one another out of reverence to Him and His authority.

Think of the ultimate authority—God. He doesn’t have to submit to anything, or anyone. He, speaking to Job, said: ”Who has preceded Me that I should pay him; Everything under heaven is Mine” (Job 41:11). Yet, even though He made it all, and owns it all, He allowed Himself to be confined in a body of flesh and then “Humbled Himself and became obedient to the point death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8)! If we meditate on that thought, our minds bend with the hows and whys: How did he confine Himself, harnessing all that power? And after we stop trying to figure that out, we move on to, why would He do it? We could never truly grasp the answer to that either.

Additionally, God, the Son, not only confined Himself into the body of a man (mind bending), humbled Himself (as an example that we should follow), and became obedient to a horrific death (because our sin demanded it); He also submitted Himself to the Roman government (another example for us). He urged the taunting Pharisees to, ““Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s”” (Mark 12:17). The Apostle Paul expounded on Jesus’ words when he, in the same letter mentioned above, stated:

Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. (1 Peter 2:13-17)

No ordinance was left out there. And not to be missed is the basis behind the command: It’s all “For the Lord’s sake.” Why? It’s His “will” and by doing so, we will “Silence the ignorance of foolish men.” Silence by submission? Still seems like the despotic would silence by force. And notice, as God’s nature requires, we must do it willingly, because of the liberty/freedom we have in Christ (because of His sacrifice) and our allegiance to our King, Jesus Christ—because we are on His side. We will fight for Him.

To close with a message of hope—and a smile, let’s recall the Moabite woman, Ruth. She was not an Israelite; she had no inheritance with the children of God. Yet, through her dedication and willing submission to, first, her Judean mother-in-law, Naomi, and then, Naomi’s relative, Boaz (her future husband), she gained an invaluable inheritance: a son, Obed—the great-grandfather to King David—in the lineage of Jesus Christ! Wow! I would encourage you read the brief, four chapter book of Ruth, observing Ruth’s submissive character throughout, beginning in Moab, and how her perceived weakness: following Ruth to Judah, laying by the feet of Boaz, etc. was actually her greatest strength. May we always turn to our Bibles to define strength and never cease to ask God for help in shedding our human nature, which desires to have control, and clothing ourselves with the willingness—and strength to submit to all those around us, for God’s glory!

Fleshly Metaphors!

Isaiah 40:6-8

“The voice said, “Cry out!”

And he said, “What shall I cry?”

“All flesh is grass,

And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.

The grass withers, the flower fades,

Because the breath of the

LORD blows upon it;

Surely the people are grass.

The grass withers, the flower fades,

But the word of our God stands forever.”

In Isaiah 40:6-8, the prophet is told by God to cry out the above message to the Jewish people. In 1 Peter 1:24-25, the apostle Peter exhorted the same message to Christians. It is certainly one of encouragement and hope! If we carefully observe the poetic writing, we see: A great visual metaphor in verses 6 & 7: all flesh/people are grass, and a beautiful simile in verse 6: the loveliness of flesh is likened to a flower of the field. In verses 7 & 8 the lavish living is transformed into the decrepit dying—and the why is stated: because the breath of the Lord blows upon it. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! “BUT”—in verse 8 there is a contrast! Unlike our physical bodies, which fall, God’s word “Stands forever.”

God’s forever word is:

“The word of truth, the gospel of your salvation” Ephesians 1:13

“The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” Ephesians 6:17

“Quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Yeah, it’s a really, really “sharp” sword! We need to treat it with care and never forget its power!

We know that our flesh is wilting—and fading away, but God’s word—which stands forever will always remain. Let us not hold on anymore to our fleeting flesh, but to the unfading word of God!

Just the Hem!

   “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well” (Matthew 9:21).

The unnamed woman did not approach Jesus face to face as many others did; she did not verbally beg Him for His healing, or His mercy. She simply, in desperation, humility and faith, “came from behind and touched the border of His garment” (Luke 8:44) as He was walking; the “multitudes throng[ing] Him” (Luke 8:42). Keep in mind that throng means to strangle completely, to drown, or crowd. This was a very large and chaotic gathering!

After “being subject to bleeding” (Mark 5:25) for twelve years, the woman must have been physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. She was most certainly frustrated after having spent “all that she had” (Mark 5:26) on physicians who could not help her. Being “unclean” (Leviticus 15:25) according to Jewish law, her illness definitely hindered her in every facet of her life: personal, work, etc. Did she wonder from  where her next meal would come? Had her family abandoned her?

One has to ask why this story is in the Bible? In John 21:25, it is written: “There are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”

Armed with such knowledge, why did God choose to share  this particular story with us? What was is about this woman’s encounter with Jesus that He desired us to learn? Below are some important observable facts:

  1. What is impossible for man, is possible with God!    Mark 5:26; Matt. 19:26 Twelve years of illness gone in an instant.
  2. Faith produces results; healing (in this case). Luke 8:44
  3. Faith affected Jesus. After the woman touched Him; He said, “Who touched Me? . . . Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me” (Luke 8:45;46). The woman’s touch of faith was unique—it set her apart; remember, the LORD was being pressed and thronged by the large crowd. And she didn’t even touch His skin; only His clothing.
  4. The unclean are made clean through faith. Luke 8:48 Praise the Lord!
  5. Faith is bold. The woman “declared to [Jesus] in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately” (Luke 8:47). Being unclean, she wouldn’t have normally been allowed in the “presence of all the people.”

As “faith as a mustard seed” (Matt. 17:20) moves mountains, so, armed with her faith, touching only the hem of Jesus’ robe, accessed the power within Him and healed the woman straightway! Faith was absolutely necessary in order for the woman to be healed. We know this because of what Jesus said to her: “Daughter, your faith has made you well” (Mark 5:34). This woman was made clean! She was no longer a castaway. She was no longer going to suffer in the flesh, or in the spirit—by being condemned. This story can be compared to Christians: By faith we believe in Jesus and take the necessary steps to become His children. Once His children, His blood then cleanses us from our sins, making us no longer unclean! What man cannot do (cleanse himself), Jesus can do in an instant! May we never forget the great value & power of faith.

Arrogant Boasting?

What are you doing tomorrow? Do you plan on going to work, or are you going to work?

In James 4:16, it is revealed that being ignorantly confident in our plans is actually arrogance in action. God’s word states that such “boasting” comes from arrogance—and, “Such boasting is evil.” But how often do we hear people say that they plan to . . .? No, people are “sure” they are going to go to work, take a “much earned” vacation, attend Aunt Sue’s party, arrive to worship on Sunday . . .
Even before the writer of the letter, James (the brother of Jesus), revealed the effect (boasting) of the cause (arrogance), he demoted such a one by posing a question: “What is your life?” He immediately answers himself with, “It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (4:14, emphasis mine). What a sobering metaphor to compare our lives to—a vapor that is only observable for a “little time” and then “vanishes away.”

We understand such a concept from tangible things (as in the image above). We know that the vapor rushing out of the kettle will be unobservable in seconds, but our lives, surely they are not comparable. However, to God—who functions not on time, we are physically observable in our fleshly tent only “seconds.”

So, what must our response be? I believe that first, we must try to conceptualize the metaphor. There is an urgency that comes with facing such a truth. Then, we must acknowledge that making “confident” plans is boasting in a temporary flesh—“evil” boasting that stems from arrogance. Maybe you think the order should be changed; maybe you are correct.🙂 The important thing is that we acknowledge and alter.
Instead of boasting in arrogance, James states a humble alternative: ““If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that”” (4:15).
IF the Lord wills because He is the only one who knows how many days He has planned for us—Psalm 139:16. I don’t know about you, but I do not want such devastating descriptors to be used by the Father toward me. Do you?! Let’s make the change—if we need to, today. XO