by Pastor Mark Jordan
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” (Isaiah 40:8, NIV)
I had a head-shaking moment the other day that left me bewildered. There was a coupon I was holding onto for the right moment to redeem. I had it for years. You might ask, why? Well, the reason I held it for so long is because in bold type, centered at the top, these words were emblazoned: “DOES NOT EXPIRE.” I had a confidence in those words, even though that coupon was proverbially long in the tooth. When I handed it to the cashier as the very same facility that issued it, I was told, “This coupon is no longer valid.” WHAT? How can it go from DOES NOT EXPIRE to NO LONGER VALID? The cashier told me they stared issuing different coupons, and I would have to talk with someone else about that. Oh well. It was out of my hands.
That exchange immediately brought to mind the several instances throughout the scripture where we read that God’s word stands forever. There are all kinds of things that are here today and gone tomorrow — even worldly things we think will last forever — but nothing will stand the test of time like God’s word. The reason? It’s the issuer. God doesn’t say one thing one day, then issue something different. If He did, He wouldn’t be trustworthy. This is one reason I believe that Jesus told the disciples that He IS truth personified at the same time he said He IS the way and He IS the life.
God’s word stands the test of time like nothing else. This things you see around you will fade, fail, and fall, guaranteed, but God’s word stands forever. Believe it. Trust it. Live it.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the eternal nature of your holy word. Forgive me for the times I place my trust in things of this world that will fade, fail, and fall. I believe you, trust you, and want to live in you. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.