January 16–As Long As The Earth Endures

After the devasting flood in the days of Noah, the LORD gave a new start to human beings, and to all living creatures. Then the LORD promised that the cycle of life would continue once again in its expected rhythms for “as long as the earth endures.”

The LORD said,

“As long as the earth endures,

seedtime and harvest,

cold and heat,

summer and winter.

day and night will never cease.”

Genesis 8:22

Many things can completely wipe out the expected rhythms of our lives—from the small frustrations—like computer and email problems—to the gravely destructive forces within this physical world that shatter innumerable lives—as we’ve seen through the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Our own personal, expected rhythms of life can be altered significantly by the hard things in life and by the things we celebrate…by the loss of loved one…by the birth of a new child…by a wedding…by a divorce…by a loss of a job…by a promotion.

In all of our ups and downs, in all of life changes—in all of the times when our expected rhythms of life have taken unexpected turns—we can be sure that God is still in control. God is still allowing this life—this world—to go on in all of its seasons…for all of its appointed days…as long as the earth endures. 

And we can be sure that God is still calling out to us to know Him, to know His salvation and to know, with thankfulness, the gift of life that God has given us. None of us know what will really happen from one day to the next—we don’t know if our own personal, expected rhythms of life will go on for us as we expect them to do.

We each need to take a breath. Take a moment. And be thankful to our God. Thankful for our lives. Thankful for each day. Thankful for each moment of life. Thankful for the dear ones we have in our lives. And we need to live with renewed attitudes of love and kindness—and deep, deep thankfulness.

May the LORD help each of us to live with these renewed attitudes so that they will never cease…as long as the earth endures.

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane