Monday, May 23, 2016

The universe is God's laundry.

Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you will remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
but you are the same, and your years have no end.
Psalm 102:25-27

This world, this universe, is destined to pass away. The entropy set into place by the Fall of humanity means that nothing God created lasts forever. It is all destined to wear out. The universe dirties and frays like God's clothing. He will set it aside and make a new heavens and a new earth some day.

But God is unaffected by this universal entropy, even as we are caught up in it. God is unchanging... unfailing... enduring. And as Creator, Judge, and Restorer of all things, He gives us the perspective we need as we decay and watch everything crumble. We all fray and tatter along with the universe. It is a slow process. As we live, we slowly die. We all know this. I feel it with sore muscles, arthritic joints, and the occasional memory lapse. I am well aware that I am cursed by sin as I decay along with all that is around me. But God, thankfully, does not change. He is as powerful today as in the beginning when He commanded: "Let there by light".

So my prayer is found in this comforting old hymn that gives worshipful perspective:
"Abide with me, fast falls the eventide
The darkness deepens, Lord with me abide
When other helpers fail and comforts flee
Help of the helpless, O abide with me
Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away
Change and decay in all around I see
O Thou who changest not, abide with me"
So I sing, dear Lord. So I sing. Amen.

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