Dear Precious Friends
On this beautiful new day, this gift from God, I pray we are embracing this day knowing God still has work for us to do or we wouldn't be here. God wants our total devotion to be to Him. Often times we feel hurt, misunderstood, rejected and unsupported by people. We must remember He is our strength, our source, our everything.
We have to remember to place our trust in Him and where do we go for all wisdom? We go to the Lord....
Trust is a serious issue to the Lord. He invites us to “Trust in the Lord” with all our hearts (Proverbs 3:5). I find Isaiah 2:22 to be a wonderful reminder to me to always place my trust in the Lord rather than man. It is easy to look to others for strength and help. We seek people’s advice, worse we seek their approval, and all the while, we fail to look to the Lord for these things. How disappointing it must be our Heavenly Father?
This short verse is shows us the frailty of man. It reminds us that when we cease to breath, we cease to live. So why place our hope and our strength in such frailty? Why not look to the Lord who is eternal and Sovereign?
We are all guilty of depending on man to some degree, it is beneficial to pray and ponder Isaiah 2:22. The Scripture says, “Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?” In other words, why look to man when we have the privilege to look to the Lord?
I appreciate the way Isaiah words this phrase. He reminds us that we are, “Mere Humans” and that is all. That type of thinking does not go well in today’s society. To the world, we are highly evolved creatures, but David said in the Psalm 103:14, “For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.”
This world worships and praises those of high influence and status, but in the end, our frames are weak because they are dust. We must remember that we are just mere humans. We are not God and we should not view ourselves, pride ourselves or conceit ourselves as though we are God.
If we are wise, we will view our life the way the Psalmist did in Psalm 144:4, “Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.” Think how wise it is to worship, pray, fellowship and commune with the Almighty who is eternal.
Our primary concern should be the eternal God who we will one day stand before to give an account (2 Corinthians 5:10).God will allow difficult seasons so that we are completely reliant on Him. Our worth is not contingent on people’s opinions or validation. He alone is our source.
This phrase is reminding us that even the strongest, wealthiest men are only for a moment. Without breath in our nostrils, we cease to exist. This phrase is reminding us that we have no control over our lives. So whatever talents, skills, riches, knowledge, strength and health we may have only exist while there is breath in our nostrils. Once that breath is gone, so is all the things we hold so dear.
We remember "Only one life twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last". We are to think deeply about the day we will pass from this life into eternity. It is healthy to feel our mortality, to realize that we will not live forever. David said in Psalm 39:4, “O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!”
May we remember this as we gather with family for Mothers Day or as we walk through deep hurts in our lives. Our Lord is our everything and we are here for a moment... like a vapor... and may we make our days count and remember our main purpose is for us to glorify God with our lives and completely rely on Him for everything!