October 18th, 2018
Till Thou Return unto the Ground
Genesis 3:19 (KJB) 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.
God gave Adam important certainties in this verse. Beginning with the truth that there is never such a thing as retiring from God’s work and from doing some sort of labor (physical and mental work) in this world. Though a man can choose to retire from his earthly job, he forever elects to serve the will and way of God as he picks up His cross (Luke 9:23, Galatians 2:20).
God said to Adam: “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground…” God made it such that food does not just naturally drop into our mouths (other than quail and manna temporarily in the Old Testament for the Israelites), rather a man must break a sweat and put out some sort of physical effort to find sustenance and to survive the various conditions found at work in this world
The spiritual work of a man shall last until his very last breath. It is true, as long as God has an earthly will for a person’s life, a man will remain physically alive and working for his sustenance, both of physical and spiritual sense on this earth.
However, God does control both life and death and death happens to all mankind as God allows and purposes (Revelation 1:18).
Secondly, every man shall return to the dust. Did you know that the elements of your body, when scientifically tested, have the same makeup, or components, as does the dirt on the ground? Why, because God made Adam, the first man from the dirt of the ground. God made you and me from a clump of dirt, as He did Adam, fashioning us into a person with a body, spirit, and soul so that he or she can choose to honor and glorify Him! Upon his death, a man’s body will return to the earth as dust.
As long as a child of God is present on this earth God has spiritual work for him or her to accomplish. It is true that every man is physically nothing greater than dirt. Those who choose to agree with the spiritual nature of God and to honor and glorify Him as they sojourn in this world, will be spiritually alive forever when they shed their shells of flesh and their souls will live in spiritual fellowship with God. Lost souls will also return unto God and die without eternal fellowship Him in hell.