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Destined for Eternity View video
Psalms 49:13 - 49:20
13. This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. Selah
14. Like sheep they are destined for the grave, and death will feed on them. The upright will rule over them in the morning; their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.
15. But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself. Selah
16. Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases;
17. for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him.
18. Though while he lived he counted himself blessed-- and men praise you when you prosper-
19. they will join those who have gone before them, who will never again see the light of life .
20. People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.
Reflection
Confidence in Eternity (49:13–15)
As God¡¯s children, our assurance of eternal life is derived not from who we are but who we trust. When we trust in our own power or the approval of others, these things will only lead us to death. No matter how powerful we are in this world, our power cannot save us or those who follow us from our inevitable fate. When we place our confidence in Jesus, however, we can be confident in our redemption. Jesus gave Himself up as a ransom for all people, and He is now seated at the Father¡¯s right hand, interceding on our behalf. He is the Good Shepherd who leads us into light and life. It is therefore foolish to place our confidence in anyone or anything but Him.

Investing in Eternity (49:16–20)
Our confidence in eternity is not only assurance for life after death but the foundation of life before death. Knowing that there is more to life than our physical existence, we do not live for the momentary pleasures of the flesh but the eternal desires of the spirit. When you rent a house, you do not invest in its upkeep in the same way that you would if you were the owner of the property. Similarly, it is foolish to invest in the needs of the flesh because our bodies are only temporary homes. Instead, we must invest in that which will nourish our spirits and build up the kingdom of God, for these are the things that will last for eternity.
Application
- Do you trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus for your salvation? How do the decisions and pursuits of your life demonstrate your confidence in eternity?

- How are you investing in your spirit and the kingdom of God? What are some temporal things that you should spend less time and energy on?
A Letter to God
Father God, give me eyes to see as You see. Let what is eternal take priority in my life. Forgive me for placing my confidence in anything but You. In You alone I trust, and in You alone I find hope. In Jesus¡¯ name. Amen.