Not Much Lasts Forever

November 8, 2021 at 5:15 am 3 comments


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Whenever I was encountering a tough time as a child, my mother used to remind me, “Not much lasts forever.” Though it was hard for me to believe or see at the time, she was right. The problems that seemed to be such a big deal when I was in grade school, middle school, or high school are now just distant memories – and, in many cases, not even memories at all. I have forgotten about most of the things I was once upon a time so upset about.

Perhaps the most famous story in the Bible of a tough time belongs to a man named Job. His story opens with him as the richest man around, but then, through a series of Satanic-inspired calamities, he loses his wealth, his family, and his health. He wonders out loud if he will even lose his life:

A man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more. As the water of a lake dries up or a riverbed becomes parched and dry, so he lies down and does not rise. (Job 14:10-12)

As Job ponders death, he, at first, indicates that death would be a tough time that would last forever. When a person dies, after all, “he breathes his last and is no more” and “he lies down and does not rise.” Death, Job seemingly indicates, is permanent.

But Job is not quite done yet. After Job speaks of how a man, in death, “lies down and does not rise,” he continues:

…till the heavens are no more, people will not awake or be roused from their sleep. (Job 14:12)

Death, Job says, comes with a “till.” Death will last “till” the heavens are no more. But what about after the heavens are no more? The apostle Peter helps us:

The day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3:10, 13)

After the heavens disappear, Peter promises that there will be a new heavens and a new earth – along with a new us. We will be raised from death. For, as my mother reminded me, not much lasts forever – not even death.

Job asks:

If someone dies, will they live again? (Job 14:14)

Peter answers Job’s question with a resounding, “Yes.”

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kathy hester  |  November 8, 2021 at 10:11 am

    I hold on to Job’s sentence, “With this flesh shall I see God” and have shared, as a nurse, with grieving families. Your thoughts?

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    • 2. Pastor Zach  |  November 8, 2021 at 12:15 pm

      Hi Kathy,

      Yes, this is a good catch. Job does seem to have some concept of the resurrection. After Job asks the question I referenced in my blog: “If someone dies, will they live again?” (Job 14:14) he continues by answering in this same verse: “All the days of my hard service, I will wait for my renewal to come.” Job does not seem to believe that his death is the end of him. The same is true in Job 19:25-26 when Job declares: “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.” Job believes that all the sores and sorrow Satan inflicted upon him will one day be healed!

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  • 3. Noel  |  November 8, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    Thank you for sharing this, Pastor Zach! Noel Mesa

    Reply

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