Devotional for 05/24/2015
"For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of the Lord endureth for ever."
- 1 Peter 1:24-25
The manicured grass mixed with dainty clover resembled a beautiful green carpet spread around the schoolyard where I was waiting for my daughter. The gardener for the school district had done a good job throughout the school year keeping the lawns trimmed and well cared for. Rain showers had recently watered it, making it even greener. As I gazed on the soft blanket before me, I thought of the upcoming summer months when the rain would not fall as often. I knew from past summers that the sun would dry out the lovely field of green, and the beauty of the grass would give way to dry stubble.
As today’s focus verse notes, people are like this grass in some ways. We are born, grow, thrive, and then must eventually die. Everything living around us is this way. Flowers grow and give lovely blossoms in their season, then they wither and fall away. Animals also have their time of life and death. Death is a part of life, a fact which we must accept.
When the Lord created the heavens and the earth, it was His plan for us to live forever, surrounded by the beauty He had made. When man sinned, death came to earth. Yet, the Lord in His love and mercy did not leave us with eternal death and no hope. One of the most well-known verses in God’s Word is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Everlasting life! Think of it—life forever, just as God had wanted it to be from the beginning of creation. In eternity, our lives will not fade away with time, but will continue strong forever.
We may leave this world by natural death, but as born-again Christians, our souls will not die. Heaven will become our eternal Home where we will live forever and ever with the Lord!