Eternal vs Temporal

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: Zechariah 1:1-21; Proverbs 30:17

READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Zechariah 1:5-6 “Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? So they repented and said, “As the Lord of hosts purposed to deal with us for our ways and deeds, so has he dealt with us.”

REFLECT
Apart from God’s Word, there is nothing in this world that can last forever. Even our own parents whom we look up to, even the prophets whom we so hear of God’s Word. No one can be in this world forever and nobody can give an everlasting impression. Only the words and statutes of God will overtake everything that this world was in the past, at the present, and is to come. So why do we still cling on to what is temporal? Why do we spend so much time focusing on ensuring that we get the “best” out of the very limited years of our lives? Why are we so indifferent, why do we reject or even hate what is eternal?

RELATE
I think it is because we are prone to give in to conveniences, short term pleasures or maybe deep in our hearts we don’t really believe in the eternal. We prefer to deal with what we can see right here and now. Don’t talk to me about the future, don’t talk to me about eternity; I just want to enjoy what I have now. In the Young Adults Retreat that just past, the speakers emphasized the importance of having boundaries (on physical intimacy) for couples who are yet to be married. This is one example where our souls can be tuned towards what is eternal (to honour one another and God) instead of giving in to what is temporal (giving in to temptations and lust). In the context of sexuality and marriage; the result for persevering on what is eternal is not only to experience as a couple; true joy, freedom and fulfilment in the Lord but also as a milestone in our future reign with God when Christ returns. Will the One who saves find us faithful? Or would Christ find us messing with what He has given as the new life when He comes back again? Let us therefore focus on what is eternal; and increase our self-control and discernment over what is temporal.

REST
Lord, help us to cultivate a growing spiritual desire for eternity and empower us to have self control over what is temporal. Amen.

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Day 153

by Rev Joel Yong

Job 7:1-2
“Isn’t a mortal’s stay on earth difficult like a hired hand’s daily work? Like a slave, he longs for shade. Like a hired hand, he eagerly looks for his pay.

Job likens life to work- it lasts too long and is tortuous and he awaits the day of his reward and the end of the work.
He awaits death.

Sometimes we feel the same way. We feel we have had enough of life and long for the end of our journeys.

But while we live on – while the end tarries- we should recognise that we have a purpose still and a mission still exists for us.

For our lives are not random and God has work for us to do, however difficult our journey may seem at present.

Quitting prematurely, may seem to promise relief of difficulty but it also points to a life lived that is incomplete.

Children have a tendency to give up a little too early at times. When the obstacle or difficulty level seems to daunting, they opt for a quick exit to the job. They moan “It’s too difficult, I can’t do it, I don’t want to try …”

But we do too- even as adults.

Press on in your difficult situation, my friend. It’s not easy but your life isn’t a random exercise – there is a purpose and a mission to be completed. Like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle, you will only see it when you finish the task set for your life.