Sunday, February 13, 2011
What is Life?
Apostle James says, "13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away." (James 4:13-14).
It is pride of the devil that makes us boast with what we have, for nothing on earth we own and nothing from earth we can take away. Remember the way we have come, that way we will soon pass away like a vapor.
A vapour stay's down on earth as water, as long as the heat does not affect it. Once it hits the boiling temperture it suddenly becomes water vapour and goes up in to thin air up in to the sky. When the mid noon phase of our life comes and we soon get lost in the oblivion of dusk that descends soon.
The psalmist David poetically said, "Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow." The breath of man is once and for all taken out by God to Himself when His appointed time gets fulfilled (Ps 90:10; Luke 12:20). Like a passing shadow that gets lost in the darkness as the day ends, in the same way our life soon gets over in to eternity as our appointed time passes out soon.
Moses wisely said to God, "So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." (Ps 90:12). In other words Moses was asking God to help him to spend life meaningfully by living to fulfill God's purpose for his life which gives eternal benefits ahead, rather than wasting his time seeking earthly pleasures which at the end of his life will have no meaning as it is a wasted time as per God's plan for him (Heb 11:24-27).
The people who know that life is temporary in its very core, will have an outlook that seeks for things of heaven rather than store for themselves temporary treasures which are of no use after they die (Matt 6:19-21).
See how God testified about the life of David the man after God's own heart, "For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers..." (Act 13:36). In other words, David fulfilled all those plans God had in His heart for him and his generation, looked forward towards his eternal reward and fell asleep.
May we who read this might ask God like Moses to give a heart full of wisdom to spend our days to fulfill His purpose and not waste our little time we have on earth seeking passing temporary pleasures. May we like David fulfill all of God's plan for us and our generation and sleep confidently in the end looking towards our eternal reward in God.