- Genesis 4:16-17 (NKJV) Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son—Enoch.
Life is so empty without God.
The sad life of Cain demonstrates this so vividly. The last we hear of Cain is that he is alienated from the presence of God living in a now forgotten land called Nod.
There he conceives both a son and a city and calls them both Enoch.
It’s as if he is desperately trying to build something that will last; something to be remembered by.
As I am writing this the big news in the financial world is that a “bond king” has jumped ship and gone with another company. Trillions of dollars and millions of lives are said to be affected.
Yet this time next year that will not only be old news, it will be no news.
As the song, Dust in the Wind, so poignantly states:
Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see.
Dust in the wind, all we are is dust in the wind.
However, there is another way…
Do not leave the presence of God!
Do not confuse activity with progress, money with riches or fame with significance. Stay focused on what really matters. Great lands and kingdoms will all pass away. Your name, at best will only be remembered as a footnote in the long weary history of humankind.
In His presence is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)
You don’t need a street, city, country or kingdom named after you—you just need to stay in the presence of the one named Jesus; then all else will fall into place.
Psalm 49:11 (NKJV)
11 Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever, Their dwelling places to all generations; They call their lands after their own names.