July 2, 2021

Dust in the Wind

Even the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as dust on the scales; see, he takes up the isles like fine dust.
Isaiah 40:15
The song Dust in the Wind was played a lot when I was a senior in high school. And the band who wrote and performed it, Kansas, was on a spiritual journey—one that had not yet turned onto its Christian path. But you can see in the message of this song the need for an answer.

Now, don't hang on, 
nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky.
It slips away, 
and all your money won't another minute buy.
Dust in the wind; all we are is dust in the wind
Kerry Livgren
 
The Bible contains a similar message, on several occasions reminding us that we were made from the dust of the earth. And in comparison to our Creator, we are still as unimportant as "dust on the scales." 

Though Dust in the Wind never moves on from this pessimism,Kansas (the band) eventually went on to affirm the gospel in their lives and in their music. The Bible also moves on. Though the truth of our mortality remains, God's Son appears in the fullness of time in a body of dust. And at the end of time, God's permanent home will be among mortals and God's kindom will have no end. 

The 90th Psalm worships God as "our dwelling place." But the Revelation to John worships God who makes us God's dwelling place. The assurance of scripture is amazing, for it promises the very presence of God not just for a time, but for eternity.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them;
 Revelation 21:3
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
I thank you, O God, for your promise of your presence. May I live as though I am worthy of that presence today and every day.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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