When the movie “Titanic” came out in 1997 it broke box office records. In its opening weekend it did over $28 million. It is currently the third highest grossing movie in history with over $2 billion worldwide. It amazed me then, and does still now, that so many people would plunk down their hard earned money to watch a movie that they already knew the ending to. The boat sinks.
That conclusion had been settled 85 years earlier, when, early on the morning of April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank into the frigid waters of the north Atlantic Ocean and more than 1,500 passengers and crew perished. Yet somehow the motion picture that recounted that story drew crowds to theaters for weeks. There was no mystery as to how it would end, but people were still fascinated with the details of what would play out before that terrible finale.
For Christians, daily life is a great deal like watching the movie “Titanic.” We are assured of the ultimate end, yet we are fascinated with what may transpire between now and then. In Psalm 119:88-89 we read, “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands.”
God’s word, His promise, His truth has already been settled. He established the earth and so it stands. All He has spoken and promised is assured. Sure, there are many details, infinite possibilities for each day. The psalmist acknowledged that, he writes “the wicked wait for me to destroy me; I shall diligently consider Your testimonies.”
We may not know exactly what the rest of today will hold, certainly tomorrow may contain some surprise, yet we know that ultimately our eternity is secure.
This week I’ll be sharing from this stanza of Psalms 119 during Midday Prayer Time around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Rob Langer is filling in the first part of the week, so we’ll get to Psalm 119 when I return.
Mon 08/12 – Wed 08/14 Rob Fills In
Thu 08/15 Psalms 119:89 – 92
Fri 08/16 Psalms 119:93 – 96
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