June 22, 2021

What Is Life?

As for mortals, their days are like grass; they flourish like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.
Psalm 103:15-17
Existential questions—sounds like a fancy term, but we all ask them. What is life? What is the meaning of life? Is this all there is? What's the point of it all? These are the questions we ask when things aren't going well, when someone we love has died, when we're faced with terminal illness, when a relationship ends, when we're alone and have time to think. These are the questions many of us were asking during the deepest isolation of the covid pandemic.

The Bible tells us that we can expect threescore and ten years—fourscore if we're lucky—and then "we fly away" [Ps. 90:10]. But in those days, few people even reached the lower of those two milestones. 

To the transient nature of human existence, the Bible compares the love of God. We may think of our own lives as being short, but God's love for us existed before the stars were created, and it will continue after the last fire is extinguished. To the question, What's the point? God's reply is, I love you. The vastness of the universe may too often remind us that we're nothing. But when we stand in the love of God, we don't stare into the void, but look ahead to the glory of the Most High.

Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
 Romans 5:2 (NLT)
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
You have given me life, O God. Remind me now that you have also given my life meaning. Help me to rest in your love, and help me to share that love with others, in Christ's Name.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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