The law of disintegration.
Ps. 90: 12-14.
So teach us to number our days,
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Return, O Lord, how long?
and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
O satisfy us early with thy mercy;
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days
There are several laws that govern the world that we are living in and these laws cannot be broken, set aside or by passed by men.
The laws of boundary which gave certain area for the sea and certain area for the land. Pro.8:29;When he gave to the sea his decree,
that the waters should not pass his commandment:
when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
Gen.1:9. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear:and it was so.
The law of harvest which state that a man will reap what he sows. Gal.6:7. Be not deceived; God is not mocked:for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
The law of gravity that anything that goes up must come down
The law of disintegration which state that all things are in eternal flux, all things both living and non living must begin to change forms as soon as they are produced or manufactured. Gen. 3:19. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken:for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
That is the reason why the English people who gave us the idea of celebrating our birthday tells us that we are not celebrating 5 years young but 5 years old.
The world and the creatures in it were designed to have their best state or forms at the inception of life and gradually as times and season pass over them they gradually deteriorate into their worst states or forms. This deterioration experienced is in conformity with the Second law of thermodynamics which states that in any isolated system the degree of disorder or withering tends to increase as the age of the person or the object in question advances. The measurement of this degree of disorder in any system is called entropy.
Just last week I participated in a Novelty football match to celebrate the men’s week in our church just for 30 minutes and I have to bear the pain for 3 days thereafter. This shows the level to which I have deteriorated over the years. Football was something we used to enjoy in those days, and we would do everything possible to escape from home every evening just to go to the field to play. My bones are aching, my spirit is strong but my flesh is weak. My dreams are quite different from what it used to be. I am no longer the same young man who I used to be. If you think otherwise concerning yourself then I can tell you that you are in a world of fantasy and deceptio
The Deceit of life
Unfortunately for man we have not actually applied our hearts to wisdom to notice that we are always getting older by the day. There are so many reasons why we do not think that as we are advancing in age we are equally deteriorating.
At a stage in life we are getting stronger than when we were born so we erroneously think that it will continue to be like that for a long time
At a stage in life we are getting more beautiful or handsome forgetting that a ripe and beautiful pawpaw skin is a signal to its skin deformation and eventual decomposition.
At another stage we are getting richer or poorer not knowing that gradually money is becoming of a little value to an old man.
Our fathers who never went to school normally say this proverb: the banana is getting spoil and men say it is ripened. Little did men realize that the life of a ripe banana is about to expire.
Assuming that we do not understand that proverbs we have equally also failed to realize that it is the ripe banana that the farmer will cut down. The farmer or the harvester is death and he is only waiting for the ripe ones so he could cut them down. What I am trying to say is that we are all getting nearer home, to the place we came from as we are growing older, getting more beautiful, and getting richer. The farmer that planted us is getting ready to harvest the ripe one among us.
One terrible thing about the world that we are living is that as we are getting older our lives are gradually being regulated.
I was born poor and I tried to work hard to earn money so that all the basic things of life that I could not enjoy as a child I can now do them to my satisfaction.
Now that I have money to buy as many tins of milk as I like the doctors told me that milk is dangerous for a man of my age.
Now that I have money to buy a cow they told me too much red meat is dangerous for adults.
Regulation will not allow those who have worked hard to enjoy the fruit of their labours. Eccl.11:9. Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes:but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
There are all kinds of regulations around today, many of them bordering on food and nutition, traffic regulation and speed limit which prevents a man who bought an expensive high horsepower engine to give it a trial, sexual regulations that prevent multiple sexual partners.
Regulation works like this: even though you have enough money to do a thing you are forbidden by either natural laws or state laws from doing what you have the power to do and that which you wish so much to do.
Wealth Gathered for others to spend
What then is going to happen to the wealth we have made? Eccl. 5:11, tells us the answer. When goods increase, they are increased that eat them:and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?
We are building houses for others to occupy and labouring for others to enjoy. There was a king who understood all about life.
King Solomon actually captures the entropy in human being in great details. Eccl. 12:1-6. Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail:because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
We were told in school that before you can actually understand a book study the writer and the school of thought he belongs to and then you will be able to understand his book. In the case of Solomon he was writing against his school of thought: a rich man calling wealth vanities. If you do not belief in vanity of life kindly take a lesson from King Solomon. He was so rich to the extent that silver was nothing to him. He had his own orchard where his favourite wines are produced and he loved women that he had a thousand of them. When he was writing his memoir he looked at everything and called it vanity upon vanity.
Finally this is how it all ends.
The beauty, the glamour, the pride will all end here. The poor the rich the king, the president of the poorest nation and the president of the richest nations, the servants and the masters, the loved and the hated all have a common place to end their lives: the grave.
What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?
I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold
I;d rather be his than have riches untold
I;d rather have Jesus than house or land
I;d rather be led by his nail pieced hand
Than to be the king of a vast domain or be held in sin’s dread sway.
I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today
God bless you.