This verse in a very straightforward manner shows the frailty of man. For at any point in time, we are but one breath away from dying…so how can we be trusted? Our lives are like fleeting shadows, (Psalm 144:4) or like a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:14) Bottom line is, we can’t put our trust in man…for our life here on earth is but a momentary passing. No, our trust must be in the eternal God, Who created man from the dust of the ground and breathed the breath of life into him. (Genesis 2:7)
As James 4:14 reminds us, “We are a mist that appears for a little while and then is fleeting.” Our lives…our very existence, is just a passing vapor in the air. But we can take comfort and consolation in this…God is the Source of all life and holds our life in the palm of His hand.