Thursday, May 7, 2009
I came across this quote by Matthew Henry while I was working on my sermon this week:
Man's life is not only wasting of itself, but its period may be anticipated by a thousand accidents. When the flower is in its perfection a blasting wind, unseen, unlooked for, passes over it, and it is gone; it hangs the head, drops the leaves, dwindles into the ground again, and the place thereof, which was proud of it, now knows it no more. Such a thing is man: God considers this, and pities him; let him consider it himself, and be humble, dead to this world and thoughtful of another.
I read somewhere that our bodies actually start decaying at age 17! It's all downhill from there, baby! Add to that a million different bizarre accidents could happen to you and take your life before it actually wears out (like a football practice facility falling on your head!)and you have perspective on how short and fragile our lives are. It gives importance to the verse we read last week in our daily readings:
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
(Psalms 90:12 NIV)
Let's remember that our life on the blue planet is relatively short, so it will give us wisdom to plan for the next life. Well said, Matt!