"ALL FLESH IS AS GRASS, AND ALL THE GLORY OF MAN AS THE FLOWER OF GRASS." Our life on earth is but a short day. What a contrast between the unchangeable God and a sinner fading like a leaf! Yet this is a true picture of us and all temporal things. We began looking green and fresh, and in a little time we wither, fade and die. "Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down." Humbling consideration this! But it may be rendered very useful. Shall we soon fade and die? Then let us not be much affected by anything that occurs below. Let us set our affections on things above and lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven. Let us live by faith in Jesus, walk with God, and aim principally to please Him in all we do. Let us also watch against a worldly spirit and pass the time of our sojourning here in fear, in the sure expectation that we shall soon find health giving place to sickness, vigour to weakness, youth to age. The death bed, the coffin, the grave, are realities just before us. Let us therefore make our calling and election sure; let us cultivate close and filial fellowship with God; let us dig deep and lay our foundation firmly upon the Rock Jesus Christ. Brethren, the time is short, eternity comes soon: all its glories are just before us. What matters, then, if we do fade as a leaf? For absent from the body is present with the Lord. On the tree of life eternal,
O let all our hopes be stayed!
This alone, forever vernal,
Bears a leaf that shall not fade.