There Is No Lasting Remembrance (4/23)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from 1 Chronicles 1-2.

The sons of Lotan were Hori and Homam; and Lotan’s sister was Timna. The sons of Shobal were Alian, Manahath, Ebal, Shephi and Oman. And the sons of Zibeon were Aiah and Anah. The son of Anah was Dishon. And the sons of Dishon were Hamran, Eshban, Ithran and Cheran. The sons of Ezer were Bilhan, Zaavan and Jaakan. The sons of Dishan were Uz and Aran” (1 Chronicles 1:39-42).

The first two chapters of 1 Chronicles trace the genealogy from Adam, including the families that are somehow related to the record of Biblical history. Some names – such as Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – are familiar to us. However, many of the names are not. For most of these individuals, we know little (if any) more than the fact that they were part of these genealogies.

This can remind us of a lesson from the wise man in the book of Ecclesiastes:

For there is no lasting remembrance of the wise man as with the fool, inasmuch as in the coming days all will be forgotten. And how the wise man and the fool alike die!” (Ecclesiastes 2:16).

It does not matter who we are or what we accomplish here. In all likelihood, our deeds will be forgotten by future generations. Rather than hoping to be remembered by men, we should strive to be remembered by God.

Remember me, O Lord, in Your favor toward Your people; visit me with Your salvation, that I may see the prosperity of Your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation, that I may glory with Your inheritance” (Psalm 106:4-5).

For God to remember us and save us is far better than any remembrance that future generations may have of us.

Tomorrow’s reading: Psalm 43-45, 49, 84-85, 87

[I’m using the Chronological reading plan on the Bible Gateway website if you’d like to follow along, too.]

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