“Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.” Job 14:1-2
This passage reminds us that life is short. We are all marching toward the grave. To some this brings an unbelievable terror. But to the Christian this brings a mixture of emotions. The Christian knows that to be absent from the body means to be present with the Lord. The believer has a hope, an anchor.
Those outside of Christ are without hope. Those who have rejected Christ and belittled the God of the Bible are also going to the grave and into eternity…A hopeless, Christless eternity.
We are born, as the book of Job says, to a lifetime of trouble and then we are cut down like the flowers of the field. Surely this thought should give pause to the most cynical scoffer.
Isn’t it strange how people hold onto and fight for the very last breath of this life yet make no preparation for the next?
Maybe they suppose that this life is all there is. But in their inmost being they know better.
Our Lord said there is a Hell to shun and a Heaven to gain.
Your never dying soul hangs in the balance.
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:36-37
“The Lord shuts us up to hopelessness and helplessness, in order that He may come as a God of Grace and display His abounding Mercy! All our hope lies in Him, and all other hopes are delusions! The great work in Conversion is not to make people better, so that they may come to God on a good footing—it is to strip them completely, and lay them low so that God may come to them when they are on a bad footing, or rather on no footing at all, but down in the dust at His feet!” – C. H. Spurgeon