I’ve been thinking recently about how temporary everything in this world is. We could talk about cars. I sat down the other day and listed out all the cars I have owned and I came up with about fifteen. They come and go. Think of all the trivial things that you have owned that are gone now. Cameras, clothing, furniture, pets; you could go on and on. Everything is temporary.
My recent musings on things temporary however were not regarding things as trivial as those I have just mentioned. Though some might not consider pets trivial, I have had seven dogs in my life and even those weren’t as significant as some other very temporary things in our lives and that’s family members.
Some of you may know that for over two and a half years my wife has been struggling in a fight with cancer. Things have been up and down but through it all we are constantly reminded how temporary life is, in this world. Many of you have probably faced this as well.
I’m reminded of the words of Jesus when, after he had miraculously fed 5000 people, He said, “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life.” Then He added, “I am the bread of life.” (John 6:27 , 35)
Jesus is trying to get us to understand that we too often seek out and place our hopes in things that are temporal. I’m convinced that much of the disappointment we experience in life comes from placing all of our bets for happiness on things that are transient. Then when those things suddenly disappear we are left bankrupt.
The key to enduring peace and joy is to make sure that our hopes for happiness are placed in that which is eternal. The Apostle Peter said, “The Word of the Lord endures forever.” (1 Peter 1:25) That’s one thing that will not disappoint us. Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves, treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys.” (Matthew 6:19, 20) The bank of heaven is the only bank that will never go under. His kingdom is the one kingdom that will never end.
We may find some pleasure in cars, cameras, clothing and pets. We might even cling to precious family members but we need to remember that these too, in this world, can be very transient.
As Jesus said, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14)