Psalm 90:1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 3 You turn us back to dust, and say, “Turn back, you mortals.” 4 For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.
I have three children who are high school and college age.They’ve gotten to the point in life where the choices they make now will have consequences for many years to come, perhaps even for the rest of their lives – decisions about education, relationships, occupation, finances, and so on.
The thing with younger people is they can tend to think more in terms of “right now” than later, in part because “later” seems so far away. A 10-year plan? OMG that’s, like, an eternity from now! But those of us who are older know better. In the context of a lifetime, 10 years comes and goes in the blink of an eye.
Thing is, we older adults don’t necessarily do much better than young people. We too can focus on the pursuits and pleasures of this life while ignoring plans for the next life. Eternal life. If you think 10 years goes quickly in the context of a 90 year lifetime, how much more trivial do you think 90 years is in the context of eternity? Eternity means forever. Forever is a mighty long time brothers and sisters. 90 years? Not so much. The psalmist reminds us of this today. God is eternal and so are we.
Heavenly Father, it’s so easy for us to get caught up in the material “right now” and ignore our spiritual life, which is eternal. Give us grace to seek your eternal Kingdom now rather than later. Amen.