Death is sure. God’s love is surer still.
In the Word
Remember how short my life is; remember that you created all of us mortal! Who can live and never die? How can we humans keep ourselves from the grave? Psalm 89:47–48 GNT
Of the Word
The kindly pastor arrived to lead devotions at the nursing home. “Where is the lady who always sits here in the front row?” he asked a man in a wheelchair. “Oh, I don’t know,” he replied. “They die like flies around here!” While we may smile at the old man’s cavalier response, we have to admit that death comes to everyone in time. Life seems so short. It races by. Suddenly the vigor of youth gives way to the infirmities of age. Moses wrote about this in Psalm 90. Before you created the hills or brought the world into being, you were eternally God, and will be God forever. You tell us to return to what we were; you change us back to dust … You carry us away like a flood; we last no longer than a dream. We are like weeds that sprout in the morning, that grow and burst into bloom, then dry up and die in the evening (Psalm 90:2, 3, 5, 6 GNT). Though life is short and death is sure, neither can separate us from God’s love. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, …nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38a, 39b). Yes, death is a sure thing. But God’s love is surer still.
Walking with my Lord
Teach me how short my life is, Lord, so that I may become wise. In Jesus’ name. Amen.