D. J. De Haan, an American Bible teacher wrote a poem, the poem goes like this; Though life is often filled with pain, though death looms just ahead, The Lord can fill your heart with peace and take away the dread.
That is amazing, it then takes me to a favorite scripture in the book of James (my name is James too) chapter four verse fourteen which reads, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes; yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring”.
There are many things in our lives that are inevitable, like death. It will come someday, unless Jesus come before then.
I am reminded of a story told of a merchant who sent his slave to the market. “The merchant who lived in Baghdad one day sent his servant to the market. Before very long the servant came back, pale and trembling. In great agitation he said to his master, ‘Down in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd, and when I turned around I saw Death. She looked at me and make a threatening gesture. Master, please lend me your horse, for I must hasten to avoid her. I will ride to Samarra and there I will hide, and Death will not find me.’ The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant galloped away in great haste. Later the merchant went down to the market and saw Death standing in the crowd. He asked her, ‘Why did you frighten my servant this morning? Why did you make a threatening gesture?’ ‘That was not a threatening gesture,’ Death said, ‘It was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, for I have an appointment with him tonight in Samarra!’”
What is my point. Whereas you are unaware of what will happen tomorrow, people create plans as though we know about tomorrow. We humans do not have ways to ascertain what would occur, next hour or next day. Whether we’ll die or live, whether we shall prosper or be overwhelmed. What we have power on is the ability to prophesy over our live and declare we shall live – we walk by faith and we plan on the same and God has His will. Having brought this to an open arena, we almost habitually form our plans and goals as if we know with certainty all that is to happen. The truth is, we cannot comprehend.
To close; who can count and build plans on the permanence of vapor? Who? Its frail and uncertain! Are our plans not dependent on the continuance of our lives? Then, how are we supposed to plan? Having said that (or asked that), you cannot build any solid hope on a mist!
I will probably write more and articulate more my assertions. In the meantime, I hope I was not vague.