“It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14)
Have you ever considered these questions about your life: what it is, how much life you have, and why it is so valuable? I challenge you to study all the metaphors the Bible uses to answer these questions. According to James, our life is a little thing like the vapor of smoke that appears and then disappears. Now you see it – now you don’t.
Moses tells us that we spend our years like a tale that is told and forgotten (Psalm 90:9 KJV). In his culture people would sit around a fire and tell tales. After a fourth or fifth tale was told nobody would probably remember the second or third tale told in that setting. That is our life according to Moses.
Biblical metaphors tell us that our life is brief, short and like a dream when we awake. We are given 70 or perhaps 80 years and they are full of trouble. We are to learn to value our days and receive wisdom from God about what we should do with them.
Another metaphor tells us our life is uncertain. Our life is like a thread that is about to be cut by the scissors of the Weaver. God is the one with the scissors and we do not control when He will cut that thread. So, for us life is uncertain.
Jesus tells us He can join our little, transitory, uncertain life to Him and to God by faith and make our life eternal and everlasting.
What is your life? It is the opportunity to make that transaction with Christ and live for Him. Have you made that faith transaction?