"Let the lowly brother trust in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits."
The things of this world fade so quickly. Material possessions come & go with the seasons. People are never satisfied with what they have. They want more and more things.
Just today, as Brit & I were walking to Starbucks to do some homework, she remarked that society is pushing Christmas faster & faster every year because they don't want to stop & give thanks--they just want more stuff. If Christmas comes earlier, then that means we can buy more things. She has a great point. Already, society is cutting Christ & God out of the holiday of Christmas. It's "Happy Holidays" or "Merry X-Mas" now. It makes sense that the next thing to go would be Thanksgiving.
These verses are rather fitting for the week before Thanksgiving. It's a good reminder that material things & riches fade. In Psalm 39:2-6, David talks about the fleetingness of man:
"O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Surely man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!"
David recognizes that man is but a speck in God's great scheme of life and creation. He understands that wealth means nothing. Isaiah articulates this in Isaiah 40:7-9:
"The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever."
Jesus reminds us not to put too much love into our material possessions:
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal."
During the upcoming Christmas holiday--which is increasingly becoming more and more consumeristic--we need to remember that "the rich man fades away in the midst of his pursuits," yet "the word of our God will stand forever."
from Pasadena with love,
ps. There will be a special Thanksgiving devotional post on Thursday instead of the video of the week. Be looking for it! :)