The first law of Thermodynamics says that no mass or energy is ever destroyed, that it merely changes form.  When a piece of wood is burned, it is not gone.  Some of it becomes heat; some deteriorates into the ashes.  But it is not destroyed — it just changes.  When a lake dries up, the water is gone.  It has evaporated into the air, only to fall to earth again someday.  If we can see this all around us in the physical world, is it so hard to conceive of it in the spiritual world?  Harry Emerson Fosdick said, "Can it be that God is the most unscrupulous waster in the universe making great personalities, only to throw them utterly away."  If we can see it in nature, can we see it in the sphere of faith?  We, too, can have the same confidence that the apostle Paul had when he said, "We shall all be changed.”

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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.