The word of God stands forever

Read Isaiah 40:7-8

The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the Word of our God stands forever.

 

Man likes to revel in his beauty or his strength. We talk about the most beautiful woman, or the most handsome man. Nations speak of their strength and their power in the world. But as history has shown us, those things don’t last. We think of the world empires of history, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Greeks, the Romans; we think of the great maritime empires, the Dutch, the French, the English. We think of the beauty of the actresses of Hollywood in the past and of the beauty of television stars when we were young. But when we look now, those great ancient empires are past. They have blown away as the dust. The rulers, the pharaohs, the emperors, the kings are only memories. The beauty of the movie stars of the 20s and 30s is gone. They have aged and passed away. The power and the beauty is only temporary.

In our area, our rainy season is very short. Some years, we get very little rain at all. But when we do get rain, the mountainsides break forth with beautiful wildflowers. The hills abound with vibrant colors. The grass grows lush and green. But very shortly, that beauty fades. The hills turn brown and the grass dies. As our passage says, “the grass withers, the flowers fade”.  Their beauty does not last. The bible says that man is like that. Our life withers, it fades away. We may live to be 100 years old, but we will fade away. It is the destiny of man. There is something, however, that does not fade away, that never gets old. Our passage says, “The Word of our God stands forever”. The word that God spoke to Adam and to Moses, still stands today. The promises that God made to man, so many thousands of years ago, still stands today. Man has tried to destroy it, they have tried to outlaw it, they have ridiculed it and critics have tried to change it into the words of men. But the Word of God stands. In 1778, Voltaire said that 100 years from then, Christianity would be swept from existence and the Bible would be a forgotten book. But the Word of our God stands. God’s word will never pass away. How important is God’s word? In Psalms 138:2, the Bible says – “I will worship towards your holy temple, and praise your name. For loving kindness and your truth; for You have magnified your word above all your name”. Imagine that, God has magnified His Word above even His Name. His Word is how he has spoken to us, how He has made His promises to us. And even His Son is called The Word of God. Jesus is the living Word of God. The Bible is the written Word of God. They never contradict, they never oppose one another. And they never fall. For the Word of our God stands forever.