As I’m working today, the flowers on my desk are all withering away….when I brought back an empty vase, my friend said “Don’t you wish they would last forever?” Then the verse from Isaiah came to me: “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
In life, there are things that leave us… beauty, wealth, strength, & power. God’s word survives through it all. Flowers will die off, food will rot, clothes will wear, but God’s word survives through it all. Tragedies happen, relationships fail, warriors are defeated, but God’s word survives through it all.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) God’s word will sustain us, guide us, redeem us and heal us. He alone will give us strength to press forward, wisdom to judge clearly, discernment in difficult situations, peace when we are restless, and comfort when fear comes close.
“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.” (Psalm 27:4-5) This is my prayer. May you join me in the beauty & love that is our God. He is the sustainer & creator of life. He will be our refuge & our hope. His love abounds to the edges of the earth & the depths of the sea.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction & faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12) Stay close to the father and unlike the flowers, you will not fade away.