August 18, 2022

Rhonda Patterson
"The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children – with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts."
Psalm 103:15-18

As I age, I’m increasingly aware of the evanescence of time. It’s not that I’m particularly perceptive; most folks recognize this as they grow older. The bible compares us here to a fading flower that is no longer remembered once it’s gone, and another verse likens us to a vapor or mist that comes and departs. Life is fleeting, to be sure, and can feel a bit pointless were it not for life in Christ.

I love the “but God” in this passage! This scripture speaks to the legacy that we can leave as sons and daughters of God. What is that legacy? It says we are blessed with the everlasting love of the Lord, and His righteousness is upon not only our children but our children’s children as well! What a promise! The choices I make today to revere God and obey His commands directly impact my future generations. If that isn’t incentive to live with kingdom intentionality, I don’t know what is!

Lord, empower us by your Spirit to daily exalt your name, obey your word and live with kingdom purpose. Thank you for this wonderful promise of blessing upon our descendants.