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The Word Of God Endures Forever

Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.

I’ve spent a number of years trying to grow a yard – 20 years to be exact. I remember when my yard was a dust bowl. I remember cutting the weeds and grass – that was scattered around the yard – and working up a small storm cloud of dust.

Eventually I began to grow some grass. After years of aerating and seeding – the yard is starting to take shape. Keeping the weeds down has been a task. I finally went to a yard service to fertilize and treat for weeds. The cost of the service is just slightly more than I would pay for the materials myself and then I would have to put them down – and I can call them back to retreat if the weeds don’t die!!

A bought a new lawnmower this year and I’m cutting the grass twice a week at 4 inches. The grass is growing well and filling in like never before. And the new lawnmower is cutting to clean and mulching too.

And so we come to today’s passage – Isaiah 40:8 – The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. As much time and money as I have put into my yard – my grass – it is here today and could be gone tomorrow. Grass withers and flowers fall. We work so hard for something that is temporary.

Isaiah 40:8 reminds us that – the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. The Bible is God’s Word and it will last forever – even when some – even in the church – even from pulpits – express a differing view. 2 Timothy 3:16–17 – 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. Now before anyone remarks that Paul couldn’t have know that the New Testament was coming and that he meant the Old Testament – I respond – but God knew.

In speaking about Jesus as the Word of God – John writes – John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The author of Hebrews – thought to be Paul by some – an unnamed author by others – writes – Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

The Word of God – the Logos – Jesus Christ – will not wither – nor fade – but will endure forever. Even when the world falls away from belief in the Bible – even clergy and church members – God’s Word remains true and faithful. Paul writes – Colossians 2:8 – See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.


May 16, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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