Monday, December 26, 2011

A New Year: How Much Time Do You Have Time (Part Two)

2.  The Passing of Time (The Brevity of Life)
 
Time passes by quickly, does it not?   We are about to embark on another new year.   Job alluded to life passing by so quickly in (Job 16:22)”When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return”.   Ask any elderly person, and they will tell you that life seems like just “a few years”. You have heard the phrases as I have, “time is short”, “time is running out”, “we are out of time”, etc.  It says in (James 4:14b) “What is your life? It is even a vapor (a puff of smoke), that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away”. The apostle Peter also wrote about the brevity of life.  It says in (1 Peter 1:24) “All flesh is as grass, and the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away”. It is a description of the brief and transient quality of natural life which is presented as withering grass.  Human life is as impermanent as grass.  The glory of man, their physical beauty, etc, is brief, like a flower that will soon droop and die. The hymn writer, William Kirkpatrick wrote the following words regarding mans need to be saved before it is too late;
 
Fairest flowers soon decay, youth and beauty pass away
Oh, you have not long to stay, be in time.
While God’s Spirit bids you come, Sinner do no longer roam
Lest you seal your hopeless doom, be in time.
 
Time is gliding swiftly by, death and judgment draweth nigh
To the arms of Jesus fly, be in time
Oh, I pray you count the cost, ere the fatal line be crossed
And your soul in hell be lost, be in time.

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