Reflections on Scripture

by Wayne Bandy

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Reflections for August 24, 2016

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Reflections for this date are based on the following scripture passages:
Psalms 90

Finding Meaning To Life

"For in Your sight a thousand years are like yesterday that passes by, like a few hours of the night." (Psalms 90:4)

"They are like grass that grows in the morning" (Psalms 90:5)

In Psalms 90 Moses points out the eternality of God to whom a thousands years are like a few hours, compared to the brevity of life for man who by comparison is like grass that grows in the morning and then is gone.

If that were all there is to it life would be rather futile. And apart from God that is the case. Life is futile and without meaning. Why else has the age-old question gone unanswered, "What is the meaning of life?" It has gone unanswered because many who ask it are attempting to do so without God in the equation.

While the Psalm begins with this sense of futility, Moses doesn't leave it there. He goes on to point to the source of meaning which, of course, is God. He asks God to give wisdom in the use of the days we have. In addition he asks God to satisfy us and give us joy that we might be glad in all our days. And then he asks that God "establish for us the work of our hands." In other words, he asks that God give meaning to our work that it will have an eternal value. 1 John 2:17 tells us that, "He who does the will of God abides forever."

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