Saturday, January 12, 2013

5 truths Scripture says about your life

The brevity of life. Job is not paranoid, fatalistic, or negative. Most of  us ignore this reality and wish it away. Job states the obvious.

 “Man who is born of a woman
  is few of days and full of trouble.
 He comes out like a flower and withers;
  he flees like a shadow and continues not.
(Job 14:1-2 ESV)

Two years ago we removed a tree from our front yard. We didn't want to do this but after a powerful storm one night, we came outside and noticed that the tree was split near the top. Fearing that it might fall with the help of the next stiff wind on our property or on our neighbor's, we had to remove it, stump and all. That was two years ago!

This week, we had to call in the plumbers because all the water in our house was backed up. After sometime, the plumbers showed us the cause of the blockage: tree roots. Even though we had removed the tree the roots kept spreading and actually prevented water from flowing out of our house.

Job is right about the tree: it's hard to keep a tree down. But he seems tentative about life and death. When a person dies, what happens to the person?

 “For there is hope for a tree,
  if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,
  and that its shoots will not cease.
 Though its root grow old in the earth,
  and its stump die in the soil,
 yet at the scent of water it will bud
  and put out branches like a young plant.
 But a man dies and is laid low;
  man breathes his last, and where is he?
(Job 14:7-10 ESV)

Later on in his discourse he gives a definitive word that seems to address his tentative question above. What happens to a person who dies? Job says, after my skin is destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God. What's the basis for his bold claim? Faith in his Redeemer to rescue him from death's clutches.
 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
  and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
 And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
  yet in my flesh I shall see God,
 whom I shall see for myself,
  and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
  (Job 19:25-27 ESV)

The New Testament confirms what Job says:  So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ESV)

He continues....
 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. (2 Corinthians 5:1-5 ESV)

The conclusion of the matter is this:

Life is short
Death is real
But..
Christ our Redeemer is greater than death and all of life's troubles.
Therefore, we will not lose heart, but live each day to the glory of God!!