“We are foreigners and strangers, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding.” – 1 Chronicles 29:15
There are many places in Scripture that talk about the brevity of life. One fascinating truth about time is that there is no abiding in time. Like Peter on the Mount of Transfiguration, we are often trying to plant ourselves in a moment of time. But time refuses. It marches on.
There is no abiding. One step leads to another. One season, one circumstance, one setting, bleeds into the next. That means there is also no abiding in circumstance.
We are transient beings. Time makes it inevitable. This world is not our home. We are carrying passports to another Kingdom. Time marches on, but truth remains.
The reason truth is so important is because the truth is stable. It is transcendent. It is eternal.
Circumstances are not our home. They are terrain in the passage of time on this earth. They provide a context for eternity but they cannot be eternal themselves.
A true perspective allows us to think of ourselves, our situations, and our choices in light of the eternity into which we will abide. Making choices in service to our circumstance is like trying to pitch a tent in a hurricane or on the moon. It has neither the gravity nor the patience to abide.