I may have mentioned it before, and will probably do so again, but I don’t worry about the end of the World! There’s no promise that this will happen before my time on earth is up. So what does this passage say to me?
For me it means that I need to live each day doing the will of God as best I can because I don’t know when I will die. There was a famous Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, who wrote a prayer that I have always loved because it gives me hope. In it he writes that he tries to do God’s will even though he’s not always sure what that is, but he believes, as I do, that the desire to do God’s will pleases God. We can’t always be sure that we’re on the right path given the choices we must make each day, but we can ask God’s guidance each day to help us not stray far from his plan.
We do get a hint of how to keep to God’s will from this passage – don’t give in to sins of the flesh! Our society keeps telling us that if it feels good, we should do it! Then we are surprised at the increase in the presence of depression, feelings of guilt and a lack of self-respect. God made us, he knows what makes us happy, and following his commandments, trying to do his will, is the way to happiness in this world as well as in the next.
This is a truth that will never die: we will never find anyone who can ever measure up to God. God is never moved by the problems we face because they cannot shake Him. No man, no power, no principality can even dare to come to us and try and convince us that they are greater than God. Who can compare to the One who created the heavens, the earth, and everything in between? Who can say they can stand on the same ground as the God who made the ultimate sacrifice of love, to save those who didn’t even know they needed saving? No one.
Dear God, no one can compare to your greatness. There is no one, not a single being, in this universe that can try to stand up to you. I pray that all the earth will come to the knowledge of your greatness, O God, and that we will all come to worship you and give you the praise that is truly due to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
In order to live a fulfilling and truly meaningful life, we have to follow God’s leading. God’s leading produces life; the world’s influences lead to sorrow and even untimely death. We follow God’s leading through prayer and reading His Word.
Dear God, I ask that I will remain in your guidance and not in the influences of the world. May my life be meaningful in your eyes and not just in the eyes of man, because it’s your view that matters the most, Father. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.