O you who dwell by many waters, rich in treasures, your end has come; the thread of your life is cut. (Jeremiah 51:13, ESV)
One day I think I’ll compile a list of common English phrases that have their origins in Scripture. The verse above contains one that I’d never seen before – namely, that life hangs by a thread. In this instance, the Lord’s words were aimed at Nebuchadnezzar, the great king of Babylon. God had set him up to complete his purposes, and God was about to take him down.
If we’re honest, those words are applicable to the rest of us too. We’ve enjoyed our days of His blessings; we’ve been made rich with treasures of many types. But when God chooses, the thread of this life will be cut. Elsewhere, David wrote this about the span of our lifetime,
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:16)
Life is fragile, and in many ways we are vulnerable beings dangling by a thread. But, at the other end of that thread is the Author and Sustainer of life itself. He will hold that thread safely and securely all the days of our lives. We need not worry about the time when our thread gets cut, for He has determined in advance when that will occur.
So, get out there and enjoy life at the end of your string. And as you do, introduce others to the God at the other end! –Dave
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