Going About Our Business

Going About Our Business

RiverWalk Church of Christ Wichita Ks  Minister

I was on an astronomy web page today where they were talking about resonant, co-orbital motion of heavenly bodies. It’s a long explanation that I won’t bother with right now, but the sum and substance of it is that there are planets, moons, asteroids, and other bodies in space which have a “relationship” with each other such that they affect the orbital paths of one-another. They may be in some kind of “locked” or resonant relationship where they give and take orbital motion, thereby maintaining their place and relationship in space for millions of years.
As I thought about that “millions of years” statement, I quickly thought about the brevity of life on earth for human beings in comparison to the movement of these heavenly bodies. I’m not here to argue about young creation or old creation…to me, that’s not an issue…the science on that is settled.
Sometimes, from the human point of view, time seems to pass ever so slowly. When we aren’t feeling well, or when we are in a difficult circumstance, time seems to almost stand still. We go from minute to agonizing minute, hoping for some kind of relief.
Then there are other times when the time seems to fly by, and weeks quickly turn to months, and months to years. Before we know it, the grandkids are grown, getting married, and having careers. And we…we are much older.
The dwarf planet Pluto orbits at a speed of over 10,000 miles an hour. Yet it takes 248 years for it to make one orbit around the sun. I have made well over 60 orbits, and Pluto has gone about ¼ of an orbit in the same time. The planet Uranus will make one orbit in my lifetime, assuming I live to age 84, as that is the number of years it takes for it to make one revolution around the sun. You can easily see that the quick or the slow passing of time depends a lot upon one’s point of view.
So, what does the Bible say about life, time, and the passing of time? There are several passages. The first one is in James, where it is said, “For what is your life? For you are a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.”
The Psalmist says this, “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.”
The Psalmist also speaks of God’s dealing with His people. “For he remembered that they were merely mortal, gone like a breath of wind that never returns.”
I don’t intend to make you feel down, depressed, and miserable. I DO intend for you to understand that in our hurried and quick-paced life, we often forget that we are indeed just a blip on the pages of history. Some of us are larger blips than others, but everyone eventually succumbs to death, and what remains of us in memories is gradually forgotten by succeeding generations.
During our time on earth, we are to “Fear God and keep His commandments,” according to the wise man. Jesus says we are to love God and love our neighbor. Paul says we are to work quietly and earn our own living. We have been given plenty of time and plenty of instruction. Now, let’s go about the business God has for us to do.

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