Psalm 103 – How brief and how quickly our lives pass in the overall picture of things here on earth. A person is born, a person lives and a person passes into eternity.
Job 7:7, Psalm 102:3, 1 Peter 1:24 – Life is like smoke, like a vapor, it is here briefly and then it is gone as though it was never there.
We think about these things more naturally as we get older, all of us should know this truth and thing some about it. Not only are the dead no longer living, but with time they are also forgotten. Not by those who knew and loved them… but the world at large will eventually forget them.
Ecclesiastes 1 & 2 – We see Solomon wrestling with this question. He tried possessions. He tried pleasure. He tried servants. He tried money. He tried music. He tried many, many things, but when he reviewed everything it was “as the wind.”
It was extremely discouraging for Solomon to see that there was no meaning for anything. Solomons perspective was “under the sun” it only had to do with earth and little to do with God and eternity. Without God things can and will become empty and meaningless.
A Change of Perspective with God
Our lives don’t have to be unfulfilling and unfruitful. Praise the Lord there is a perspective that includes God! What a difference that makes in how we view our lives here on earth.
God is one who changes things. What a difference it makes when we know we are God’s children.
- Psalm 139 – With a heavenly perspective, while we may be forgotten here on earth, we are never forgotten by God. Our God is from everlasting to everlasting… so is His mercy, loving kindness, and mercy. God knew us before we even existed!
- We can know that God is good. God is on the side of man, He wants every person on earth to find salvation, full and free. He wants all of us to come and join Him in heaven. He wants what is good for man. He provided salvation for us so that we can experience those good things from Him.
- We can know that there is a purpose for us being here. Regardless of how long or brief our lives may be there is a purpose for us being here.
- We know that there is a future beyond life here. We can comfort one another with these words, “Christ is coming, He has gone to prepare a place for us and is returning to bring us home.”
1 John 2 – Anyone who puts the world first will not only miss the fulfillment and blessing of being Gods child here on earth, they also will suffer sever loss in eternity.
The time that we have here, short as it is, is not forgotten by our God. Our good God who loves us. He has a purpose for us here, to be a fountain of life. If God can work through us and bless others, though we may be forgotten in 100 years our influence will go on and may affect people who may have never heard our name.