The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Here Today, Gone Tomorrow"
While out walking the other day, I came upon this:
I don't know what happened, other than fire, possible explosion, and the destruction of a vehicle that will require a team of surgeons if it is to ever make its way on the roads again (come to think of it, no, that is not going to happen!). Hopefully, no one was injured in the incident, nor will anyone be harmed by the remaining wreck and the exposed sharp edges of its ruined state.
"The world passeth away" (I John 2:17).
The car was brand new not all that long ago, glimmering brightly as the owner drove it for the first time, its engine purring like a kitten, and the interior fragranced with "that new car smell." All that is gone now, having deteriorated as does everything in a world of decay wrought by sin and God's necessary judgment upon it. Of course, this vehicle passed away by calamity. It burnt out rather than wearing out, as do most cars. Either way, the ruined wreck that was once somebody's prized jewel met a sad end that sounds and resounds with warnings to all who trust in the dust of a fallen and failing world.
It must be this way in our present existence. If the world and its content did not pass away, we would think it worthy of our devotion and confidence. As it is, the Spirit of God bears witness to all who will listen that only the fool plants the stakes of his tent too deeply into the shifting sands of creation as it now exists. Here today. Gone tomorrow. The love of God has built this process of decay and destruction into the world as it now exists in order to divert our attention unto our only hope: "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
The Lord Jesus is today who He was yesterday. He will be tomorrow and forevermore who He is today. Look high and low, or far and near, and you will find nothing in the world that offers even a modicum of such eternal permanence and continuity. I thought about this while passing by a destroyed heap that not so long ago glimmered and purred. We all do well to remember and affirm within our hearts that only the living God can provide a newness that will never become old, and a hope that abides forevermore…
"We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."
(II Corinthians 4:18)
Weekly Memory Verse
For in Him we live and move and have our being."