We as humans in the overall scheme of things are frail, faulty, and finite, and all human inventions and man-made philosophies and religions tend to be the same. If we wish to authentically fulfill the deep desire in all of us to spiritually own something that is stable and dependable for ourselves and generations after us, it’s in our best interest to look beyond humankind to God to acquire it. Psalm 103:15-18 highlights this when it says the following:
 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
Our personal beauty, bright ideas, and polished accomplishments and awards for earthly accolades may be beneficial and attractive as the green grass and beautiful flowers, but just like the grass and flowers, it all has an expiration date. In contrast, the Lord and the benefits of his mercy and righteousness on our lives last from everlasting to everlasting and can cover our descendants. It’s mind-blowing to think that since his mercy and righteousness are that vast, our earthly lives from start to finish are covered as well as our lives after this earthly life. His mercy is powerful enough to cover our past to strike our violations from the record, it preserves us in the present, and it assures our future without question.
Nevertheless, these benefits can only be applied in that manner when we are in a lovingly committed, contractual relationship with Jehovah. As a result of that relationship, out of love we will have the desire and determination to abide by his commandments. We also have the added bonus of not having to rely on ourselves all the time to fulfill them, given the fact our fleshly nature has a tendency to flare up at times. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure,” (Philippians 2:13) so that our flesh is kept in check to prevent us from getting too out-of-hand and also to quickly get us back in the right direction should we veer off the Lord’s path for us.
The critics may call that a crutch, but it’s really a comfort–and I love it.