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A Vapor and Then Gone

He remembered that they were but flesh,
a passing breeze that does not return. Psalm 78:39

For more than 30 verses, the psalm writer speaks about the Lord’s patience towards Israel and mankind in general. God saved them out of darkness but they blew it time and again.

This verse speaks to our frail nature and temporal existence here on earth. Of course, God knew this but He expected more from us. He expected that we wouldn’t be as fickle and disobedient as we are.

We’re but a passing breeze, here today and gone tomorrow.

We don’t quite understand that until we get older and realize that the younger years are gone and cannot be reclaimed.

All the wasted time is gone.

All the unkind and harsh words cannot be untold.

All those actions we thought about taking can be accomplished, but with each passing day, it becomes a tiny bit more difficult because quite frankly, we’re not as young as we once were. We also realize that those ages we once considered old are now upon us!

So, what does that mean for us as we read this in 2021? Recall that in many Old and New Testament verses, the authors talk about redeeming the time or making the most of the day for the days are evil. Entire movies have been made about this theme

Do that, because, well, we’re not getting younger anymore.

9 Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care. 10 The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.

11 The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd. 12 My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:9-11

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