Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | February 18, 2015

February 18, 2015 “Ashes To Ashes”

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”…”By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 2:7, 3:19)

Good Morning and a blessed Ash Wednesday to all of you!

I watched a segment of a news broadcast this past Monday, Presidents’ Day, that I found to be quite revealing. In this segment, people were shown pictures of presidents, both past and present, and asked to identify them. One would think that well-known presidents like Washington and Lincoln would be easily identified. They are, after all, on our currency and we see their images nearly every day. Surprisingly, however, a number of those polled had no idea who they were. The same was true for more modern-day presidents. When shown their pictures, those quizzed struggled to identify Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush. “Who are those guys anyway? Ashes to ashes! This lack of knowledge led me to a few conclusions regarding those quizzed: 1). They were sorely lacking in historical education; 2). They honestly had forgotten these iconic figures. 3). Glory and fame are fleeting. It’s the last of these upon which I’d like to focus today. Ash Wednesday serves as a poignant reminder as to our origin and to the fact that this mortal life is a fleeting reality. There’s a great old hymn, “O God, Our Help In Ages Past” that notes “Time, like an ever rolling stream, Bears all its sons away; They fly, forgotten, as a dream Dies at the opening day.”

Psalm 103: 15-16 says it like this: “As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer.”
 ” No matter our particular human position, rich, poor, famous, or obscure, the day will come when each of shall return to the dust of the ground from which we were formed, and fade into obscurity with the passing ages. But lest we become too discouraged by these facts, consider the next two verses of Psalm 103: But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children to those who keep his covenant and remember his precepts to do them.”

In this world, we may soon be forgotten, but in the Everlasting Arms of our Lord, God, Savior, and King, those who believe shall dwell in His Eternal Presence for timeless ages. Come, then, confessing your mortality and your fallen nature, and experience the resurrection power of the One Who fashioned you and has redeemed you through the precious blood of His own Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Remember this:

“We all came from dust and to dust we shall return. Even the greatest and the richest people of this generation will be soon forgotten. Let us focus completely on God almighty.” Yes!…let us focus on Him…for He is our hope and our salvation. Let’s Pray!

Everlasting Lord; I know that I am but a ‘dirt man”, whose days in this world are fleeting. But I also know that in You I discover eternity…life forever, through the redemptive power and forgiveness offered by my Lord Jesus, before whom I surrender all that I am. Praise You, my God, for your mercy and grace. Amen!

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