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A Grain Of Sand

Once again tomorrow, I will be conducting a funeral.  I don’t know how many I have done in my life but I’d say it’s approaching 100.  This service will be a little closer to my heart because it is the great aunt of my wife, Cheri.  There will be several family members there that I know God wants to speak to so I want to make sure I do it right and let God have total use of me.

Every funeral reminds me of the brevity of life.  I was thinking yesterday that if you would take the whole of our life from birth to demise and compare it to the hard to understand concept of eternity, it would be like contrasting a single, solitary grain of sand with ALL the sand in ALL the world.  Life is so short yet we seem to focus so much on that little grain of sand we call our life.

God doesn’t look at life that way. A couple scriptures give us insight into God’s perspective: James 4:14 “whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”  2 Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints.”

All these verses teach us that God looks at our lives with an eternal perspective.  He is aware and involved in our extremely short life here on earth but is more concerned about our grain of sand within the realm of the kingdom – within the realm of eternity.

After reading Psalm 116:15 above, I guess God gets all excited and looks forward to our death so we can be with Him and see all He has prepared for us.  I wonder - should we change our perspective? Absolutely! Let’s be less concerned with the grain of sand and more concerned about the eternal impact we make for God while we have the opportunity - before our vapor disapears.

Ecclesiastes 7:1 “A good name is better than precious ointment, And the day of death than the day of one's birth.”

Have a great day with the proper perspective!Bill

 

Published Friday, September 04, 2009 5:41 AM by Pastor Bill
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