By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Frailty of life involves the makeup of man and his association with others. Frailty is physical, mental, or moral weakness of resolution. Life is the course of events and activities; as well as the granting of life by God, making man a living soul.
Scripture reveals: God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7). Frailty of life becomes more noticeable in a world that is likened unto the Pre-Flood days of Noah.
Scripture reveals: And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination (or intent) of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart (Genesis 6:5-6).
A Sunday school commentary noted: When humans become so evil, that every thought and imagination of the human mind and heart was only evil continually, God decided to destroy from the earth the humans (with the exception of Noah and his family) He had created. To give live and take away life (making the frailty of life a reality), are both within God's authority.
We are seeing devastation on the increase in many nations; some more than others, yet global in nature. Many once godly nations are permitting abominable acts; forsaking God's Word, and introducing the frailty of life to greater proportions.
There is the taking of life prior to its normal demise; the killing of the unborn before entering into the world with no chance at life outside the womb, the advancement of ungodliness invading a once godly culture, and an attempt to alienate God from the scene!
Scripture reveals: What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God, as God said, I will dwell in them (the righteous), and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them (the ungodly), and be you separate said the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:16-18). Having therefore these promises, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).
Frailty of life has shown a weakness on the part of many to apply a standard of holiness; with a worldly culture being seeded into the church in many Western nations. Biblical terms such as sanctification, righteousness, and holiness are no longer stressed; as in previous times of the church.
The Psalmist David cried out: Lord, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it is, that I may know how frail I am (Psalm 39:4). Man often does not know the frailty of life in that he does not consider such; especially at a young age.
David realized the frailty of life because of insurmountable odds coming against him, thus his turning to God to spare him. David knew not how long, how many days, months, or years were available to him (though they were known of God), neither the duration of afflictions, the end or mortal state of his life.
The frailty of life is expressed: Man is like to vanity (or but a breath): his days are as a shadow that passes away (Psalm 144:4). A Bible commentary noted: The psalmist realized the frailty and mortality of man; the shortness of his duration, his days fleeing away, with no more continuance than the shadow cast by the sun, which declines and is gone.
My days are like the shadow that declines; and I am withered like grass (Psalm 102:11). He was speaking concerning the frailty of life; for the afflicted of all ages, who must rely totally on God. He likened life as grass that in the morning flourishes, then is cut down at noon, and withers in the evening.
Job cried out: Remember, I beseech you, that you have made me as clay; and will bring me into dust again (Job 10:9). Frailty of life when turned over to God gives Him the power to mode and shape such a life (as a potter shaping clay) into a useful vessel.
If one chooses to ignore God's creative power; the frailty of life comes into focus, with the possibility of shorting one's life rather than prolonging one's earthly existence. It is unfortunate that many choose to have their life shortened; either though self, or another that places little value on the sanctity of life, created by God.
Scripture reveals: Whereas you know not what be on the morrow (or tomorrow). For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and vanishes away (emphasizing the frailty of life) (James 4:14).
A Bible commentary noted: Whether there would be a tomorrow or not, whether one should live till tomorrow; and if they should, they know not what tomorrow would bring forth, or what things would happen. No man can secure a day, an hour, a moment; nor can he foresee what will befall him today or tomorrow. For it is but a vapor that appears for a little while.
Vapor rises out of the earth and expires as soon as it exists; or continues a very short time and soon returns from where it came. The allusion is the breath of man, which is in man's nostrils, which is not to be accounted of, or depended on.
Scripture reveals: The world passes away, and the lust thereof, but he that does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:17). A Bible commentary noted: One generation goes, and another comes, new faces are continually appearing; the riches and honors of the world fading and perishing.
Lust passes away, even the pleasure of lust itself, the pleasures of sin but for a season, and a short one, which at length brings a man to ruin and destruction. But he that does the will of God abides forever; to the one who loves God, and His Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), not the world or the things in it.
Frailty of life has become more of a reality in a world dominated by the evilness of man. One's only hope of security lies in God who has created life, and sustains it, to its fulness. Man would shorten that life; if one fails to agree with totalitarian rule.
Sanctity of life has been disregarded; when it is advantageous to do so, as man seeks to carry out his own design or purpose. This is readily displayed in the taking of an unborn child; a hideous procedure called abortion that is legal in many lands. There is also an attempt to annihilate various factions (as in the days of Hitler); those who do not fit into the pattern of totalitarian leadership.
Scripture reveals: Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through (or because of) the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness (or hardening) of their heart (Ephesians 4:18). A Bible commentary noted: Having the understanding darkened oftentimes by Satan, the god of this world, who blinds the minds of men; but sometimes men are given to the just judgment of God as well.
Scripture reveals: As they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate (or debased) mind, to do those things which are not convenient (Romans 1:28). For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (or suppress) the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).
An awakening is needed in the hour in which we live! The frailty of life is a constant reminder that life is fragile in a perishable world. Scripture reveals: Whereby the world that then was (in the days of Noah), being overflowed with water perished: but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved to fire against (or until) the day of judgment and perdition (or destruction) of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:6-7).
The mercy of God has been extended towards mankind many times over, even in its vilest nature, but eventually God's umbrella of protection is withdrawn allowing certain events to unfold. I believe we are seeing a lowering of the hedge of God's provision, to encourage a return to Him!
Scripture reveals: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
There is a cultural revolution taking place to undermine the godliness of man, to remove God from the scene, to allow totalitarian rulership. There is a movement to erase the past to usher in the ungodliness of man. There is a movement to usher out the effectiveness of the church, in its leadership role, by undermining its influence.
There is a movement to undermine Biblical marriage, through same-sex marriage, and a transgender influence that fails to recognize one's God-given gender at birth. There is a movement towards ungodly leadership; to help usher in an agenda that helps promote the frailty of life.
Scripture reveals: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For the that sows to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting (Galatians 2:7-8).
A Bible commentary noted: Sowing to the flesh means to conduct oneself by the evil dedicates and desires of the sinful nature, thus practicing the deeds of the flesh. Such a person shall reap corruption; that is be requited with eternal destruction, rather than eternal life to the one that sows to the Spirit.
Frailty of life is a fact to those who oppose God and His Word! Scripture reveals: He is a merciful God but also as a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). As the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their (the ungodly) root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord, and despised the word of the Holy One (Isaiah 5:24).
God is to be served acceptably, with reference and godly fear, not to be cast aside deemed no longer a necessity, or to be desired. Man has brought reproach upon himself; as in the Pre-Flood condition in Noah's day!
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