As for Man, His Days are like Grass
“As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.”
His days are like grass
The realization of the futility of life can overwhelm and debilitate even the strongest of men. Even King Solomon, in all his pomp and all his wealth, wrestled with the emptiness of life.
- Ecclesiastes 2:4-11; “I made great works. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself. I made myself gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees. I bought male and female slaves, and had slaves who were born in my house. I had also great possessions of herds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem. I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I got singers, both men and women, and many concubines, the delight of the children of man. So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil. Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was
vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.”
And the result of Solomon’s striving to find purpose in life?
- Ecclesiastes 2:17; “So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after wind.”
The scriptures are not silent about the brevity of life.
- Psalms 39:4-5; “O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!”
- Psalms 62:9; “Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.”
- Psalms 144:4; “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.”
- Psalms 102:11; “My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass.”
- Job 8:9; “For we are but of yesterday and know nothing, for our days on earth are a shadow.”
- 2 Samuel 14:14a; “We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again….”
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
In contrast to the fleeting nature of our days on this earth is the steadfast love of the Lord. His love endures forever. His mercy lasts eternally. His grace will never end. This is good news for us if we are gripped with the vanity of life like Solomon was. Because in His steadfast love, God has made a way for us to live eternally in His presence where there is joy forevermore.
- 1 Peter 1:23-25; “You have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for ‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And this word is the good news that was preached to you.”
The good news about Jesus Christ has been preached to us; that is, that through faith in His name we are forgiven of all our sin, made completely righteous in His sight, and born again to a living, eternal hope. All flesh is as short-lived as grass, but this word of His grace is forever. Through this abiding word we who believe have been born again to an imperishable hope. We will not die. We will go on living with Him for all eternity.
- John 11:25-26; “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?'”
- 1 John 5:10-12; “Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
Do you believe this?
Do you believe that God has provided us His Son so that we may have life? If so, then death has no power over you. The debilitating knowledge of the brevity of life is swallowed up in the immortality promised to those who believe.
- Hebrews 2:10-15; “For it was fitting that [God], for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation [Jesus Christ] perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying, ‘I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.’ And again, ‘I will put my trust in him.’ And again, ‘Behold, I and the children God has given me.’ Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself [Jesus] likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.”
- 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; “Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”