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This World Is Not Our Final Home

Ruby writes from the Philippines. Besides writing, she enjoys gardening and Bible study. She leads a Bible Study Group that meets weekly.


Each time I see the calamities that are taking place around us every now and then as we see them in the news and social media, I constantly remind myself that this world where we are currently in, is not our home. It is transient and we are all strangers in this world. Thus, I also remind myself to look into God's Words, study them heartily and find hope in them. The following Biblical writers remind us of this fact through the following verses:

Humans are just like grass and flowers that bloom for a short time

"Our days on earth are like grass;
like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
The wind blows, and we are gone—
as though we had never been here"(Psalm 103:15-16, NLT).

How frail and brief is man's life? The flower in the garden is usually more attractive and will last longer because it is protected by the garden wall and the gardener's attention; however, the flower in the field, to which life is here compared, is not only doomed to withering on its own, but is also exposed to the cold blasts and is likely to be cropped and trod on by the field animals. Man is so. God ponders this and feels sorry for him; he should think about it for himself. Because it will outlive life, God's kindness is superior to it. Children who follow in the religious footsteps of their ancestors will inherit his righteousness and the veracity of his promise. Mercy will then be extended to them.


Life is short and full of troubles

“How frail is humanity!
How short is life, how full of trouble!"(Job 14:1, NLT).

In this specific verse, Job expands on human predicament and addresses God. All Adamic men die young. His beauty, pleasure, and splendor vanish like the shadow before disease or death. How can a blameless man have an impure heart? This proves Job comprehended and believed original sin. He appears to have intended it as an appeal for the Lord to treat him according to His kindness and grace, not his efforts. God decides our lifespan. He controls time, nature, and ourselves. It's helpful to contemplate human life's brevity and unpredictability and the fleeting nature of all earthly pleasures. The source and solution of these injustices are more essential. No spiritual good can come from us unless we are born of the Spirit. The regenerate's little good is sinful. Thus, we should humble ourselves before God and rely on His kindness via our Divine Surety. Heaven is the only abode of absolute holiness and bliss, so we should seek the Holy Ghost constantly.

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Never brag about tomorrow

"Do not boast about tomorrow
For you do not know what a day may bring forth"(NKJV).

In this world where we live, Life is so uncertain. We do not know what might happen next. We are not even sure if the following day we would be able to wake up to a new day. Indeed, in this world, the houses we build no matter how magnificent or expensive. such a place is temporary. Hence, King Solomon, the wisest King gives us this advice to remind us all. He wants us to realize that humility must reside in our hearts as we live in this earth on a borrowed life.

Flood covers a house during a typhoon in the Philippines.

Flood covers a house during a typhoon in the Philippines.

Closing Thoughts

Despite what is happening now, let us not lose hope. Instead, let us keep trusting in God, for this world is not our final home. If we are in God and put our full trust in Him, there is hope beyond this temporary world. He has made this clear in His words when He assured us through the Bible. Despite our pains, suffering, and troubles, there is hope in God. We are all strangers here. This world is not our final home.

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you, 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am" (NLT, John 14:1-3).

© 2022 Ruby Campos

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