Wrinkly Hands and the Brevity of Life

August 21, 2013

It was child evaluation day in the three year old class where I was the lead teacher. The little ones were being tested on their ability to count to ten. I asked little Abby, who was sitting across the table from me, to count all her fingers, and then spread out my hands on the table and had her count my fingers. After successfully completing her counts, I congratulated her and added, “You have ten fingers just like I have!” to which she bluntly responded, “Yeah, but mine aren’t all wrinkly like yours are.”  I didn’t even notice how wrinkly mine were, until she pointed it out.

That incident with Abby was a vivid reminder of the brevity of life. What she didn’t know then, is that her smooth, plump, flawless hands would probably look a lot like mine some 45 years later. That’s the life cycle that we all experience. What does God’s Word say about that?

MOSES reminded us of how brief life is in Psalm 90:10-13, and prayed that God would “teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

JOB, in his pain, expressed that his “days are swifter than a runner; they flee away, they see no good.” (Job 9:25)

JAMES expressed that our life is “a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14) To emphasize the uncertainty of the future, he instructed us to say “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” (4:15)

PETER assured that even though we are transient in this world, “The Word of the Lord endures forever.” (1 Peter 1:24,25)

SOLOMON wrote of the brevity of our days and encouraged us to enjoy life, along with a solemn reminder: “Walk in the ways of your heart and in the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these God will bring you into judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9)

Yes, smooth hands get wrinkly; we cycle through life. We wither as a flower and disappear as a vapor. Let’s seek God’s wisdom to enjoy the time He’s given us and to live each day in a way that honors Him, the Giver of Life!

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THE GREATNESS OF THE PROMISER

July 28, 2011

Charles Spurgeon was a very prolific preacher and author of the nineteenth century, and one of my favorite writers. Referring to our faithful God, he encourages us to “fix our eyes on the GREATNESS OF THE PROMISER” in one of his writings that I read a short time ago.

Reading that, I immediately recalled King Solomon’s blessing in 1st Kings 8:56: “Blessed be the Lord…there has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.” Solomon looked back in history and highlighted God’s faithfulness. God allowed those reassuring words to be preserved for many, many centuries, and today you and I can rejoice in them.

Promises are only as good as the promise-giver. Praise God, He is the faithful, compassionate and unchanging promise giver. Every promise He made, even thousands of years ago, are just as valid today as they were then. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on the GREATNESS OF THE PROMISER, and praise Him today!


SURRENDERING TO GOD’S TIMETABLE

January 29, 2011

God doesn’t flaunt His sovereignty, doing whatever He wants to on a whim. NO! Just as He has a perfect plan that is unfolding (on a universal level as well as in our own lives), He has a timetable for every step and every detail of that plan. People call it “chance” or “coincidence”, but as we look into God’s word, we see it’s His plan at work, according to His timing. The wisest man that ever lived, King Solomon, wrote that God has “made everything beautiful in its time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) The prophet Isaiah taught that God works according to His timetable (Isaiah 60:22). The apostle Paul wrote about Christ’s having been born “when the fullness of the time had come” (Galatians 4:4). Jesus, speaking of His impending death, surrendered to God’s timetable when He declared “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.” (John 12:23)

God is working according to His timetable in every detail of our lives to fulfill His plan. Everything is right on course. It always was, and always will be. He won’t delay anything one second longer than planned. When we can’t figure it out, we need to remember that He is perfect and won’t mess up the plan just because we’re in a hurry. Surrendering to His timetable, we don’t have to have the schedule of events. He has it, and we can trust Him to do what He knows to be best, when He sees that it should happen.  God give us grace to surrender to His timetable!


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