The Passing of Time

The Passing of Time

by Inspiration Ministries

"Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help … who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the LORD!" – Isaiah 31:1 ESV Joachim Raff was considered a major musical personality. In 1875, a leading authority declared he was one of three “musical chiefs” alive. (The other two were Richard Wagner and Johannes Brahms.) “By common consent,” it was said his music stood “head and shoulders” above other composers. Yet today his music is rarely played, and his name is known mostly to specialists. What happened? In many ways, his music did not pass the test of time. What sounded meaningful to his generation had little relevance to people in subsequent decades. This change in perception reminds us of the brevity of life, and how difficult it is to have perspective on issues of our time. Things that seem critical today eventually can seem unimportant. What is popular today often is forgotten. Today’s fashions become out of date within months. Ideas that seem normal eventually can seem passé. And people who are popular soon can become unpopular. The Bible reminds us that these patterns are true in every generation. This is why we are reminded to trust in God, not people, governments, politicians, kings, experts, scholars, or entertainers. The Bible tells us, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:7). We are warned not to trust in princes but hope in God “who keeps faith forever” (Psalm 146:6). Whom are you trusting in your life? Prayer Father, give me Your perspective on my life and the world. I seek first Your Kingdom. I trust in You. In Jesus’ name, amen. Extended Reading Isaiah 3