Wednesday, March 31, 2010

It's All Going to Fade

A voice says, "Call out."

Then he answered, "What shall I call out?"

All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.
--Isaiah 40:6-8 NASB

In this passage the voice of God calls to the prophet Isaiah, reminding him of the mortality of man and the immortality of God and His promises. In short, we are temporary, God is not.

Of course, we each have an eternal aspect to us, and we each must decide how and where that eternity is to be spent. But the physical part of what we now are and what we now do, that will fade--our inventions, our knowledge, our achievements, past, present and future. One day, sooner or later, it will all be gone.

After reviewing the literal translations of the Hebrew used in this passage, I came up with this personalized and amplified version of God's message to Isaiah:

All of our physical nature is like the grass, and everything that we have and ever will achieve is like the glory of the flowers of the field. The grass withers and dries up and the flowers seem as foolishness when breathed upon by the Lord God. Surely we all are as temporary as the grass. We and our achievements will wither and dry up; they will eventually seem as foolishness. But everything of God--all that He is, all that He does, and all of His promises--will be always.

Father, when I think that things cannot be worse, remind me that they are temporary. And when I think that things cannot be better, also remind me that they are temporary. You and Your promises are eternal. Your deeds will last. In all things, help me to think and to do in ways that lend themselves to Your eternal glory. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Let the Lord Build the House

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
--Psalm 127:1-2 KJVB

It is not certain, but King Solomon’s words may have originally been in reference to the Temple in Jerusalem. But in today’s “workaholic” society Solomon’s words seem more relevant than ever. How often have we forged ahead with a project, only to find at the end that everything we did was flawed or less than it could be?

Whether our focus of the moment is family, work, ministry, we need to recognize that God is the true builder and that all we do must be done in an attitude of humble dependence upon Him. We must look to God for our security. What God builds, He also protects and blesses. If we depend on God and humbly seek His will in all that we do, our work is not in vain.

Father, I thank You for Your wisdom and insight. Forgive me for leaving You out of so much that I have done. This moment, I rededicate my life to you. Please be at the core of all that I plan and do. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.