You sweep people away like dreams that disappear. They are like grass that springs up in the morning. In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered. We wither beneath your anger; we are overwhelmed by your fury. You spread out our sins before you— our secret sins—and you see them all. We live our lives beneath your wrath, ending our years with a groan. Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away. Who can comprehend the power of your anger? Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve. Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” Psalms 90:5-12 NLT
We are finite human beings! God is the infinite Creator!!! The psalmist is stating the reality of God's absolute power and control over us. We must be reminded not to think too highly of ourselves. We are NOT God!! We are His created!! We are completely dependent upon Him for all things. When we, somehow, think that we are self-existent and self-sustainable we make a fatal conclusion. Without God, we are futile, fatal, and final creatures. Life without God is an oxymoron. An oxymoron is a paradox of terms. There is no life without God! That is why we suffer beneath the bondage of our depravity. Sin has separated humanity from God! Sin has tainted our intended, created existence. We were made to thrive but sin has cast a darkness upon the world. Only in Jesus Christ can we walk in the light and navigate through the maze of this fallen world!
“But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 NLT
This current state of life we experience is only temporary. Even at its best, this life is 70 a 80 years for the average person. Frankly, that's not long at all!! We spend our youth trying to acquire wealth and we spend our older years spending our wealth to regain our lost health. We want, so desperately, to arrive at that place where life is finally apprehended! However, just when we get to that place, life slips through our fingers like grains of sand. None of us are immune to aging and dying!! All of us must accept and face that reality. The only thing that lasts forever is God and His Word. Let us not be so foolish as to ignore Him. If we want to apprehend life, we must not refuse Him or His Word!!!
“For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.”
1 Peter 1:23-25 NLT
The Apostle Peter quoted the Old Testament prophet Isaiah (see Isaiah 40:6-8) in this Scripture. Take the time to go back and read Isaiah 40. What a wonderful declaration of Gods incomparable greatness!!in 1 Peter 1:23-25, Peter reminds us that we were born again to live life eternally and the things of this world are perishing. Only God and His Word are eternal. If we want to live eternally, we must submit ourselves to them! In God's Word we are taught the way of salvation. This salvation is known through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ!!!
I am so glad I know Him! Do you?
Rev. Curtis Norris