Saturday, May 19, 2012

No End!

 23He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.
 24I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.
 25Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
 26They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:
 27But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.
 28The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

No End!

How many things do we know of that have no end? We tend to live on this earth and treat it as though it, like God, has no end, but that is not true.
Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure.
Considering the fact that earth will not remain as it is, the heavens will also not remain the same, and we have an end as far as our time on this earth is concerned, should we not be more concerned about what comes after this? The only One who has no end is God, and, by His grace alone, His children whom He has gathered from this earth, from its beginning to its end. Unfortunately, the souls of the lost have no end as well, but their eternity will be spent in hell along with the devil and his angels.

When we take a realistic look at our time on this earth we must come to the conclusion that, our time here is but a preparation for the future to come. Rather, then, than being caught up in the cares of this world, it is imperative that we make preparation for our time after this world. This world, especially our time on this world, is but a few years--maybe 70 or 80, or more if God so wills. Why then, do the people of this world push so hard to gain everything this world has to offer with no thought to the next life?

Satan has so blinded the eyes of people that most do not even believe there is an afterlife. Those who do, tend to think that God will accept them as they are as long as they do not do anything really horrible. Should we trust our future--our eternity, to the whims of this world's mindset?

The psalmist says, "But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end." Should we not, rather, trust our future to God, who has no end and no beginning? Through the work of the Holy Spirit, God has left us His Holy Word, divinely inspired, as a road map to gauge what our attitude toward this world should be, as well as to prepare for the next. 

The simple Gospel as foretold in the Old Testament, and given in detail in the New Testament is carefully laid out for us. Those who reject Christ have no excuse, for even if they have never read the Bible, Romans tells us that man should see creation and understand that nothing like this could happen by chance, but the creation of this world was ordered by the Lord. 

So, Psalm 102 ends with a look to God's children of the future. The psalmist began with a note of despair, as he was consumed by his earthly troubles, Yet, as he reflected on the eternal God, he was encouraged to look above his circumstances. Then, with a look to the future generations, he implores us to think beyond our few years on this earth and look to God, who endures forever.

God Bless You,

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