If we take a moment to truly think about life and the fragility of it, we remember that it is precious. Everything is in a state of change that comes and goes. Yet, God’s word will stand regardless of time, culture, and generations because His word embodies who He is!
Today, we spent some time clearing out cedar trees and underbrush from our land. Spring is coming and in order to manage the property well, we need to clear some of the ugly out. Additionally, cedars are not good for the beneficial trees and the garden, so they’ve got to go!
While I don’t know the life span of the trees (of all sizes) that we cut down today, I know that clearing cedars is a never ending job. They are prolific in repopulating and it won’t take long for a new young one to sprout.
Trees, grass, weeds and flowers come and go. They are not eternal in their lifespan and when they are detrimental they are often cut down and thrown into a fire. Scripture uses this visual to describe how fragile life is and the importance of relying on what is steadfast.
A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:6–8 (ESV)
The angel tells the Prophet Isaiah that the message he was to carry is that mankind is perishable, but God is eternal and unchanging. Consequently, His word is forever and because of that, all of His promises can be relied upon. Why? Because, generation after generation, He has proven himself to be true and faithful to His word.
This declaration can be encouraging and terrifying at the same time. For the believer it is a reminder that no matter what the morality of the culture, God will protect, provide, and fulfill his eternal promise. For the unbeliever, His judgement stands and for those who reject Him will face the consequences for their sin.
We can rest assured that God’s word has stood the test of time. Civilizations have risen and fallen which have often been the result of an increase in immorality. It is nothing new to God, for He has seen this played out throughout history.
In spite of it all, He is still calling people into a relationship with Him. His heart is to give people a true and fulfilling life in Him. For the Bible says that He never forsakes the righteous and provides all that they need.
Today, God is still working in the hearts of people. He is still releasing people from addictions, healing their bodies, providing for their needs, and accomplishing His purpose of reaching people with the Gospel. He will continue to pursue a relationship with us because of His great love!
Nature reminds us that life is fragile. It is here today and gone tomorrow. Yet God’s word never fails and will accomplish it’s purpose. May the changing of seasons and the careful observation of the world around us, remind us of this vivid illustration of life!
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