A highway billboard down the road advertises for a local restaurant. Along with promises of "good home cookin" and "friendly service” is the proclamation "OPEN FOREVER”. This caught our eye. It was not the typical “open 24 hours per day", or "open seven days per week". This was a far bolder claim. Forever, as you know, is a very long time!
While we may chuckle at, and even appreciate, the originality of the folks at that restaurant, we know - and surely they know - that nothing in this world is forever. James wrote:
"Come now, you who say 'today or tomorrow, we shall go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit'. Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanisheth away” (James 4:13,14 NASV).
Sadly, too many of God's own children – who are supposed to know better – still act as though their plans, their activities, and their very lives will go on forever. These Christians become totally involved with their work, their recreation, making money, having fun, etc. In the process they woefully neglect their spiritual service to God. Can it be that they have forgotten that nothing here is forever?
Jesus told of a successful businessman who said to himself, I have "much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry”. He imagined that his prosperity could last “forever”. But God said, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee” (Luke 12:16-21). Many still need that lesson. - Greg Gwin