DayBreaks for 10/04/16 – You Are Mere Men
Galen is traveling this week…
From the DayBreaks archive, 2006:
Psalms 82:5-8 (NLT) – But these oppressors know nothing; they are so ignorant! And because they are in darkness, the whole world is shaken to the core. I say, `You are gods and children of the Most High. But in death you are mere men. You will fall as any prince, for all must die.’ Rise up, O God, and judge the earth, for all the nations belong to you.
The first part of this Psalm talks a lot about the oppressors and powerful people in this world. Truly, the world is full of powerful people. Some are good, some are evil – most are the latter. Maybe it’s just me in my advancing years, but it seems that the world grows more and more corrupt each day, and that those who are evil draw power to themselves like a magnet draws iron shavings. Should we be surprised? Shouldn’t we expect that the father of lies and evil would give power to those who demonstrate to him their willingness to serve him and use it to further his purposes?
But that makes me ask: how much more is God willing to give His infinite power to those who serve Him? Yet God does it not through political power or will, but through other means. Were there been more powerful or influential people in the 20th century than Mother Theresa or Billy Graham? You see, God’s power isn’t manifest in high office, but in high service.
The Psalmist then reminds us that all are, at least by virtue of origin, children of the Most High, but in death they are nothing more than any other human – dead human flesh. As Solomon encouraged us, it is good to remember our destiny – that we will all one day lie in death’s embrace. The question of the hour is: will we rise from that death to take up a new residence in heaven or in hell?
I’ve seen so much sickness and disease lately, and I’m forced once again to examine my own mortality and that of others. It needs to give me a greater sense of urgency for eternal souls than I currently have. For a while after my bypass, I was keenly aware of my mortality. But now that I’m nearly 15 years into my re-plumbed heart, I’ve lost some of the sense that I’m mortal. Yet, as I see my breathing after walking up hill become more labored again, I’m reminded that I shall not pass this way again, and that I need to get it right the first time through. God will judge the earth – and that includes you and me.
PRAYER: Lord, awaken us to our greatest needs and help us to put trivial pursuits aside for that which will last forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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