We shall wither, fade, and die!

(
James Smith, "The Pastor's Evening Visit")

"Like autumn leaves — we wither and fall!" Isaiah 64:6

What a contrast between an unchangeable God — and a sinner withering like a leaf! Yet, this is a true picture of us — and of all temporal things.

We began to look green and bright not long ago — and in a little time we shall wither, fade, and die!

"How short is life — and how full of trouble! Like a flower, we blossom for a moment — and then wither!" Job 14:1-2. Humbling consideration! But it may be rendered very useful. Let us endeavor to profit by it.

We shall soon find that . . .
  health gives place to sickness;
  strength gives place to weakness;
  youth gives place to old age!

The dying bed, the coffin, and the grave — are just before us!

Brethren, the time is short! Eternity with all its glories is just before us!

Shall we soon wither and die? Let us therefore . . .
  make our calling and our election sure,
  not be overly concerned by anything that occurs here below,
  set our affections on things above,
  cultivate close and filial fellowship with God,
  aim principally to please Him in all that we do,
  watch against a worldly spirit,
  pass the time of our sojourning here on earth, in fear,
  and lay up for ourselves treasures in Heaven. 

"Like autumn leaves — we wither and fall!"
Isaiah 64:6