“As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.”Psalm 103:15-16
The opening of Ecclesiastes summarizes our empty quest for satisfaction apart from the Creator: “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” We know this to be true even as we fill our hearts and minds with things that we believe will give us satisfaction. Yet too often our quest overlooks the promises of God offered to us in and through His Son Jesus Christ.
David paints a portrait of our lives as frail and fading away. We stand in stark contrast to the eternal promises of God who is eternal and bestows everlasting life. The Apostle Peter elaborates on that point, citing Isaiah 40 to contrast our mortality with the imperishable riches that God gives to those who are in Christ: “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever” (1 Peter 1:24-25).
Remember that the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him, and it is a love which never fades, which always satisfies, and which gives meaning to your life. [Tedd, Santee, CA; second year student]
“If we are deeply moved by the sight of His love for us, it detaches our hearts from other would-be saviors.” (Timothy J. Keller, 2011)