May 28th 2010
All Flesh Is As Grass
“All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”
Isaiah 40:6-8 (KJV)
Every spring the cherry tree at the bottom of our garden puts on its stunning white wedding dress as ‘mother nature’ plays out yet again the cycle of life. From the ‘dead of winter’ new life stirs and is born again as snowdrops appear, followed by the budding of childhood and subsequent blossoming of youth. The bridal array of cherry and other blossom fades, and gives way to maturing fruit—the seeds of more life multiplied in years to come. Autumn brings golden memories, and finally these leaves die and fall as nature prepares once again for the sleep of winter.
One year is a short cycle compared with the threescore and ten allotted to mankind, while this in turn is a short cycle compared with the new life in Christ when we are born again to life forever. We read in 1 Peter 1:23-25, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
This short life we live is not just for seeking wealth and comfort and pleasure. Blind and deaf Helen Keller once said, “We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” The Bible says a similar thing in Hebrews 12, “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…..lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds…For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth…Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness…” verses 1-2,3,6, 11). Even George Bernard Shaw realised that the real purpose of life was in learning to serve. He said, “This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.” *
In this short life, Lord, help us to look to Christ our example so that we do not grow weary, but learn from our experiences to be more like you and live a life of service.
Study by Nancy Silcox
*Quotation from The Epistle Dedicatory of George Bernard Shaw’s play, Man And Superman.