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Weekly Devotionals

In Light Of The Finitude Of All Things…

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’  – Luke 12:16~20

I have been thinking about the finitude of all things lately. In fact, I have been thinking about it a lot. There has certainly been a lot of news around me of people who are passing away, either of old age, or by some untimely sickness, or perhaps I am simply just more aware of those things as I myself am getting old. Whether it’s another 30 years or 20, or simply around the corner from an unexpected event, it will all end “under the sun” as King Solomon puts it.

And on that day, we will take nothing from this world, and naked we will go, and we all have to face our Maker to give an account of our lives. And no matter how much I think about the “good things” I have done and stacked up in this world, if I am truly honest to myself and think about all the things that are public and private in my life, the seen things and the unseen things, it is immeasurably undeserving with the Grace from our Father, who knows and sees everything. Apostle Paul’s self-depiction of “… sinners, of whom I am the worst” (1 Timothy 1:15) comes to mind…

Looking at the world and my life through this increased perspective of life’s finitude forces me to undeniably think about two things: First, that I ought to live my life in the present with the sense of eternity. That there is a continuation after this life and that eternity matters far more than this world that will end. This helps put into perspective everything I do, everything I aspire for, every ambition, how I see others.  It puts in the balance what matters and what does not really matter. And secondly, an immense gratitude for the Gospel, this undeserving Grace, that we are a recipient of.

I am not sure if this will really resonate with everyone who reads this, as I believe one has to really be in a stage of life to take this deeply in. When I was younger, I wasn’t thinking of these things, as my mind was so much more preoccupied with the immediate things I could see. But I wish I could tell my younger self to pause and think. It would have helped me a lot. I hope it’s a food for thought this morning.

Wishing everyone a great week!