“Mankind: A Mere Phantom!”
What is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? Psalm 8:4
You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before You. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be. Psalm 39:5-6
These two psalms were penned by David, who questions God about the origin of mankind. In Psalm 8, He asks, “What is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” His curiosity was aroused as to why God would care so MUCH about that part of His creation.
Coming to the end of David’s life, in Psalm 39, he has the answer to his question: “What is mankind?” David realizes the fragility of life. He states that his lifespan is a mere ‘handbreadth’ or the breadth of the palm of a human hand. And he goes on to say that EVERYONE is but a breath or vapor, even those who SEEM secure. It’s as if EVERYONE is like a PHANTOM, or ghost, and when they get to the point of realizing, just how fragile life is, they FRANTICALLY rush around, gathering possessions, that they will leave behind when they leave this wretched old world, without knowing who will end up with those possessions.
If we were as concerned about the “SPIRITUAL” aspect of life, as we are with the “MATERIAL” part of life, we would be able to REAP a GREAT HARVEST of souls for the Lord, before our departure. We must come to the realization that all the MATERIAL things we gather up are TEMPORARY, they will turn to RUST or they will ROT and DECAY, but the SPIRITUAL things will be kept ETERNAL: “Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:19-21)
Where is your HEART? Are you FRANTICALLY rushing around storing up MATERIAL things, but you have NO SPIRITUAL TREASURES laid up in Heaven? Are you laying up any SPIRITUAL things for your children or grandchildren to be able to build upon? If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you have NO SPIRITUAL TREASURES laid up in Heaven, because Heaven will not be your FINAL DESTINATION, Hell, will be your destination, and there will be NO treasures laid down there for you, nothing but, torment, torture, agony and pain, to name a few things that will be waiting for you. However you NOW have the opportunity to change your destination and START laying up in Heaven your SPIRITUAL TREASURES. You do that by: CONFESSING your sins to God and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and receive the HOPE of Heaven and ALL your SPIRITUAL TREASURES that are awaiting you. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!