“Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.”
Proverbs 27:1 NKJV
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
James 4:13-14 NKJV
I had my annual cancer checkup yesterday, and I am happy to say, that after seventeen years, I am still cancer free. At the end of the appointment, the doctor asked if I wanted to come back next year, being that it was obvious that my cancer was not likely to return. I said “sure”, adding that it as one more way of marking the moment.
I mark the day each year, because I have learned that life is a vapor, here today and dissipated tomorrow. I’m not assured my next breath, but I am assured that God is the One who holds it, and is the executive overseeing my next heartbeat.
As a result I rejoice in every day the Lord has given me, never taking His grace for granted. I live each day for what it is, and rejoice. I don’t worry about the day to come, but I am reminded that He is faithful now, and will be then.
My cancer battle was the epic moment of my life. In that season of life, my relationship with the Lord went from being this vague, quasi religious things, to being my source of life. Suddenly, what had been head knowledge, became etched into my heart. God became my God, and I became His child.
““This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.””
Hebrews 10:16-17 NKJV
The Holy Spirit had born witness with my heart, that He was real, the He was with me then, and is now, , and that He would never leave me or forsake me. Like Samuel placed a stone of remembrance at Mizpah to mark the children of Israel’s victory over the Philistines, I mark my annual cancer checkup has become an Ebenezer stone for me, a constant reminder of what God has done.
“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.””
I Samuel 7:12 NKJV
Since the night, the electric shocks coursed up and down my spine on that Monday night so long ago, signaling that something was wrong, to this very moment, the Lord has helped me. I know that He is faithful.
We all have those moments when the Lord has intervene in a mighty way, and it is good that we remember the mighty moments of Jesus’ intercession on our behalf. Some of you are in that struggle right now, facing a moment of crisis. Know this: Our God is faithful!
Our world is being shaken, turned upside down, as He prepares the nations for His return. Many may have doubts about all that is happening, because we are comfortable, insulated, from the disasters happening around the world. But rest assured, much is going on, and much more is to come.
If ever there was a time to reflect on the faithfulness of God, it is now.
Let us go out and tell the world of Jesus, the God/Man, who came to this planet to reconcile sinners to the Father. Let us tell of His faithfulness and how even now He is interceding on behalf of the saints. The world needs to hear.
Let us bless God, and proclaim His goodness!
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Psalms 103:1-5 NKJV
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
Hebrews 10:23 NKJV
THE PRAYER CHAIR IS OPEN!
3 thoughts on “Vapor”
I praise God for the clean bill of cancer health Bernie! I’m so thankful to have watched you faithfully walk through that difficult time. Praise God for his healing!!!
Would you please continue to pray for my dad and stepmom, Dave and Cyndi? Cyndi appears to be healing from her UTI as well as a blood infection. It was touching go for about a week, but it appears there will be more days for her. I spoke with her and prayed with her this morning and she is looking to our Savior for help and comfort and faithfully waiting on the Lord during this trial. I wished she could’ve seen your trial my friend.
Thank you so much for your prayers and God bless you.
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The Lord knows the thoughts of a man, that his days are but a breath.
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I can relate. I had the same situation several weeks ago. UTI went sepsis. Took about three weeks to get back to normal.