Will You Be as a Star?

Job, speaking in mournfulness regarding human life, says: "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not." From earliest times we hear this note of sorrow over the withering flower and the fading life of mortal man. Consequently the virile word from Daniel, prophesying for the wise man real and enduring life, is worth our study. His prophecy reads, "They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever."

The gardener cares for his precious bloom lest its slender stem be broken, for he believes that life is in that stem and in the roots which tie the plant to its mother earth. There is the same solicitude over man while his life is supposed to come from his body, which extends its roots into the soil of the past, nourishing itself on what has crumbled into dust, and being thus governed by curious laws of heredity. To be cut down or to languish and wither away is the inevitable fate of the mortal. The voice that called upon Isaiah to cry aloud, gives the same message to every listener: "All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field ... the grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever."

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