DayBreaks for 05/08/13 – The Myth of Invincibility
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I have always found king Nebuchadnezzar to be an interesting character. It seems that the ancient kings, Nebuchadnezzar included, surrounded themselves with those who would encourage them to “Live forever!” as if it wishing would make it so. The pharaohs of ancient Egypt were believed to be divine, and their loyal servants believed that they would live forever in the afterlife. That is partly the reason that they placed ornate furniture, incredible drawings and even food into the burial chambers with the king.
I remember when I was younger. I couldn’t conceive of what it meant to grow old. I couldn’t imagine the day ever coming when I would be old enough to get my driver’s license, let alone be out of school, go to college, get married, have children. Now (where have all the years gone?) I’ve been out of school far longer than I was in school, not only have I gotten married, but so have two of my three children, two of them have graduated from college, and I’m racking up the years faster than a NASCAR car can rack up the laps.
I once thought that perhaps I’d give Methuselah a run for the longevity record. Honest! But now I know that I shall not challenge his venerable record – I’ll not even come close.
As Christians we talk a lot about eternal life – and that is as it should be. We were created for a life without end. Our Father lives that way. And it is what we desire, what we long for. Yet sometimes we can lose our heads in the clouds of eternity and we forget that we have a mortal life that we must live first – and that the mortal life means exactly that – it will end. We will die.
Within the past week, my wife’s aunt died. We didn’t even know she was sick. Then, at church this Sunday, I found out that an acquaintance of one of our elders (he’s into racing small trucks at the local raceway) was killed in an accident at the race track. This man never went to the track expecting to not get home to his wife and children again. He never thought he’d not celebrate another birthday or celebrate Father’s day with his kids again. Yet he is gone.
Our enemy wants to delude us into thinking we are invincible. The myth of invincibility suggests that if we are going to die, that it will be at some far distant date in a far distant future. And that may be right. But we never know. We can’t let our enemy fool us into complacency in this life. There is only so much time to do what God wants us to do. We are not invincible…and we never will be. There is only One who is invincible.
Isaiah 46:9-10 – “9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. 10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.”
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Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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