Oh, Mr. Monday
Me oh my!
I wasn’t intending to sound so gloomy yesterday as I spoke about aging! Re-reading it called to mind the opening lyric I’ve used as today’s title.* My simple point was this: Don’t presume eternal qualities upon any temporal pleasure, possession or pursuit. It all fades away! As the Lord directed the prophet to announce “All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.” (Isa. 40:6).
James writes, “You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14) “A wind that passes and does not return,” chimes Asaph (Ps. 78:39). “Swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,” says Job… “as a shadow,” “…swifter than a runner” “Like a flower he comes forth and withers… like a shadow and does not remain.” (Job 7:6; 8:9; 9:25; 14:2) “My days are like a lengthened shadow, And I wither away like grass.” expressed another unknown yet afflicted man (Ps. 102:11).
It requires some discipline of mind and courage of heart to consider one’s own end. David realized this and penned, “Lord, make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.” (Psalm 39:4). But for the believer, the end of this life marks the continuance of life eternal — now unhindered by the burden of sinful flesh.
Meanwhile we live here, in these bodies, in this fallen world, under temporal allures. The distractions Elder Don warned us of are real: Wisdom, Strength, Riches. John gives us a similar triplet: the World, the Flesh, the Devil.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:15-17).
The command to avoid these things is to us. We are each accountable for the compass course we set. Our Creator has set the pull of the poles, the principles of magnetism, and supplied us each with compass in hand. We can blame Him for nothing. Each one’s journey will end, and every one of us will arrive upon some shore. No course can be reset then… only now… while at sea… before we can see any land at all.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:5-6).