Comments on Verses from Prophets

Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”

We received a beautiful lily in a white pot this past Easter. We watched it slowly open as the sunlight reached it on the breakfast table. Within a week, all of the stems flowered, and we enjoyed the white blooms. Today, the lily flowers drooped, the brilliant white blooms looked gray. What had been a beautiful sight for over a week was now fading. The truth of this verse was visible before our eyes.

I hope the second part of this verse is as real as dying grass or fading flowers. Some things don’t wither or fade. Some things are permanent in their nature. Somethings never dim or lose their brightness. One of those things is the word of God. Unchangeable. God’s word never loses its power, never weakens or grows old. It is fulfilled, or it will be fulfilled, but it will never fail.

In our world of weakness and sin, we are used to men and women telling us falsehoods. We have learned to take everything we’re told with a grain of salt. We have been lied to by politicians, teachers, parents, children, employers, employees, friends, and total strangers. No wonder we are skeptical of the seemingly impossible promises of God.

Task for Today: Time to tune up our faith, to strengthen our belief in the promises of God. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing is a product of the word. The more you read the word of God, the more evidence we find of its validity. I like commentaries and Bible teachers and preachers, but nothing is as accurate as the word itself. Read the word. Study the word. Test the word.

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