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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

THE ETERNAL WORD OF GOD

1 Peter 1:24-25 New Living Translation
“As the Scriptures say, ‘People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.”*
            The thing that the Apostle Peter is pointing out here is that we are all mortal, but God’s word is eternal.  Just as the Lord “never changes, as a shifting shadow does”, [1] so neither does his word change.  Man’s interpretation of God’s word changes constantly, but the intended meaning remains the same.  Just as there is no flaw or failing in God there is no flaw or failing in his word.  It is perfect just as God is perfect.  Just because we don’t understand an event that has taken place in the world or in our personal life doesn’t mean God has failed us.  We are not asked to understand, neither are we required to.  Like all things with the Lord, we take things at his word and apply our faith and trust to the situation.
            The court of public opinion vacillates constantly. People sometimes spend their entire lives attempting to either prove the existence of God or his non-existence.   Many things people will take at face value, but taking God at face value is more than they can cope with.  Is it because they cannot grasp the concept of someone dying for another without even knowing them?  Is it because it’s simply too preposterously illogical that they refuse to allow themselves to entertain its possibility?  Perhaps it’s a little of both. 
             The Good News of God is the Gospel message that changes the trajectory of a person’s life in a significant way.  To have a ‘do over’ in life is something that is nearly too much to hope for, but that is exactly what the Lord provides for us thru the shed blood of Christ.  The message of the cross, found clearly stated in the Gospels and referenced in the Letters to the Churches, is the only thing that can provide a lasting solution to our problems and needs.  Anything other than the word of the Lord is just someone else’s opinion or a contrived story.  God’s word is the only thing that can change a man’s heart, save his soul and resurrect his spirit.  Make time for his word, it will change your life. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible, published by Tyndale House.
[1] James 1:17

* Isaiah 40:6-8 NLT “A voice said, ‘Shout!’ I asked, ‘What should I shout?’ ‘Shout that people are like the grass. Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field. The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord.  And so it is with people. The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.’”

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