I decided to reread the entire Bible recently. The last time I read it from cover to cover was many years ago. Each time I undertake this task, I am amazed at the new things God reveals. This time around, I found many treasures in the book of Ecclesiastes. The entire book provides such wisdom as it reminds me that everything in the world is temporary. An excerpt from the first chapter is below:
3 “What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? 4 Generations come, and generations go, but the earth remains forever. 5 The sun rises, and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. 6 The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. 7 All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full.”Ecclesiastes 1
The sentiment in these verses is both scary and exciting at the same time. It thrills me to realize my troubles and problems in this world are only temporary. Sorrow, illness, strife, and death are not forever. Even our current shelter-in-place situation will not last forever. On the other hand, it disturbs me to think about how everything I work for in this life is also temporary. Our world turned upset down in a matter of a few weeks. Everything I worked for could be destroyed because of this virus. I reflect on my life and the current state of the world after reading the verses above. It sobers me as I question the purpose of my time on this planet.
A heaviness settles over my spirit with the weight of the virus on my mind. I search my Bible to find a purpose to be hopeful. I soon find comfort in the words of Matthew 6:20 “Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.” My countenance brightens, as I grasp what treasures await me in heaven. My family, who passed on before me, are waiting for me in paradise. The reward for my faithfulness in Christ awaits me. Those with whom I have shared the Good News of Christ will be there too. I recall another verse filled with hope from 2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
What are your treasures? Are all your hopes built upon fleeting things that will fade away and disappear along with you? Or are your treasures safe in heaven, waiting for you to claim them again one day? Everything in this world is temporary, so I need to spend my time focusing on things that will make an eternal difference. Where will you focus your efforts?
Yvonne M Morgan, #Blogger, #Speaker, #Writer
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
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