“I’m bored with it all!”
Power and prestige, influence and insight, victory and valor seemed worthless to Winston Churchill as he was about to die. His final words expressed an emptiness as he slipped into a coma nine days before he would pass away. What a tragic outlook for a man who did much to shape the course of history as he was about to face God.
As he was struggling to breathe, a colleague took the hand of Michael Faraday, the brilliant chemical scientist and asked, “What will be your occupation in heaven?” He replied, “I shall be with Christ and that is enough!”
Two great men who lived two great lives. Yet, when it came to facing death, one looked backward in despair, the other forward in faith and with hope. What a startling difference God makes in everyone’s life.
“Hopes placed in mortals dies with them; all the promise of their power comes to naught.” Solomon does us a great service with these words. He very pointedly states the difference between a life lived for God and a life lived for any other reason or purpose: One who does not live for God or know Him personally will eventually see all of his hopes and dreams die. Living for this life alone or living a life that focuses on oneself, ends with a sense of hopelessness or fear of insignificance. Dreams end, but life continues in the depths of death and darkness.
What a blessed hope we may have if we choose to accept the love and grace and mercy of God. Hope can be ours because of Christ. Choose Christ, find life, have hope.
Prayer: How great is Your love, Lord. As unworthy as we are, we have forgiveness of our sins through Your Son. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 11:7 Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.