Our Ground Time Will Be Brief
"As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field;"
"the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more."
There are 4 things the Lord "knows" and "remembers" about man in verses 15 and 16: (1) "his days are like grass"; (2) "he flourishes like a flower of the field"; (3) "the wind blows over it and it is gone"; and (4) "its place remembers it no more."
I am reminded of Bishop Andrews' prayer: "Abide with us, O Lord, for it is toward evening, and the day of our life is far spent."
James 4:14: "Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away" (NASB).
Psalm 39:4-6: "Show me, O Lord, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreath; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath. Selah. Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it" (NIV).
Psalm 90:10, 12: "The length of our days is seventy years - or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom" (NIV)."
Tommy Nelson said: "Man in his ignorance will always be looking and listening for a new thing. He's like a little gerbil trapped on an exercise wheel, wanting to go faster and faster and faster. It's been said that man is the only animal that will accelerate when lost. When a person realizes that he can't understand life, instead of saying, 'Life is wearisome; I cannot find meaning in this life in and of myself,' he just speeds up. He is not satisfied, so he just keeps looking." (The Problem of Life With God, 16)
Gandhi said: "There's more to life than increasing its speed."
Let's review and call to mind the 4 things the Lord "knows" and "remembers" about us in these 2 verses we're looking at: (1) "[our] days are like grass"; (2) "[we flourish] like a flower of the field"; (3) "the wind blows over it and it is gone"; and (4) "its place remembers it no more."
The bottom line is life is a temporary trip.