The Fading Glory of Human Beings

Genesis 3:19

[D]ust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return” (Genesis 3:19b, KJV). Quite often, a human being, “intoxicated” by a false notion of bodily immortality, needs to be reminded of the fact that he or she is a creature or created being, and, as such, will die. Thus, Yahweh, the Lord, declares through the prophet Isaiah,

“A voice says, ‘Cry out’
And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’
‘All people are like grass,
and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever'”
(Isaiah 40:6-8, NIV).

Why, then, O human being, do you succumb to the vice of arrogance, being filled with pride by your wealth, fame and power? Without God, O earth-bound creature,

You are a flower that shrivels,
a mist that vanishes,
a breath that expires;
grass that withers,
beauty that fades,
water that evaporates
and strength that dwindles.

Apart from your Creator’s eternal, immortal, life-giving power,

You rise up, only to be brought down;
increase, only to decrease;
begin, only to end
and live, only to die,
with your body turning to dust and ashes.

All human glory fades; therefore, O finite, dependent, human creature, walk humbly before God, with an awareness of your mortality and need for immortality from your Creator, for everything that is not God is death.

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