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One Small Grain of Sand

“LORD, make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am.  Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor.”Psalms 39:4-5 (NKJV)

I want you to think for just a moment about the billions of granules of sand down at the beach. Now imagine taking one granule and placing it in a little clear bottle with a cork in it, and setting it upon a shelf.  This one piece of sand will now represent an average 70-year lifetime here on this earth; in this temporary tent we call a body.  Now, if we could accumulate the time represented in the billions of other pieces of sand combined on the beach, and add them to our lifespan, it still will never compare to our time to be spent in eternity.  And that’s because time ceases to exist in eternity — there is no beginning or end.

When I think about how short life is by using this picture analogy, I find myself looking at my own personal life in a proper perspective with regard to how I should live for eternal purposes. Think about it for a moment, if you knew your life would be done here on earth in the next year, how would you choose to live? 

·     Would you choose to be better parents?

·     Would you choose to handle things differently knowing those things causing you anxiety are really not all that important?

·     Would you invest your time more wisely – helping others to know the Lord?

·     Would you be more apt to forgive those who offend you?

·     Would you have a greater vision for where you will be spending eternity?

·     Would you decide to stop living for your own pleasure and begin to live solely for God?

Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 1Peter 4:1-2 (NKJV)

It is important to remember, God created you for a purpose, and that is to glorify Him, and to have a personal relationship with Him for eternity (cf. Matt. 7:21-23).  Our time on earth is just a vapor and it is to prepare us for an endless time.  If we do not realize this truth, then life will cease to make sense, and we will be filled with despair and emptiness, because those things we thought would bring us happiness could never have provided lasting contentment. 

I want to encourage you today to think about how you will live your life here on earth.  Our time here is only a vapor, and yet it will most definitely impact how we spend eternity.  Guard yourself from getting so caught up with what the world holds dear.  Instead, decide to seek the wisdom of God through the reading of His Word, and invest what you learn into your life and the lives of those around you.  Don’t allow the enemy to distract you into living for anything else.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1Peter 4:1-2 how should we live?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you living your life in expectation of seeing Jesus at any moment?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Realize how short life is and choose to spend your time wisely – it is the greatest gift from God.  

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, Thank You for giving me life.  Thank You for allowing me to learn what You are teaching me.  Help me to continue to see things in the way You do.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be blessed, Pastor Scott




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