“And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
A child came home from Sunday School and engaged mom in a discussion bout “we come from dust and return to dust”. Mom tried to calm their heart, thinking that a recent death of an uncle was weighing on the child’s heart. After a few moments the perplexed youth stopped mom and said: “I just want you to check under my bed, because someone is commin’ or goin’.”
James 4:14 tells us that life is like a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. During that vapor – much happens – choices, consequences, relationships, work, play, and surprises. Moments drag by while years speed away. Sin makes life difficult, A relationship with Jesus makes the journey abundant.
Hellen Keller said, “The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that, although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
We often hear, “Life is short… better enjoy it.” How about, “Eternity is long… better prepare for it.”?
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?