The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
There’s an inseparable connection between God’s written word—the Bible—and His living Word—Jesus. John’s word choice doesn’t seem a coincidence: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Jesus is “The Word of God” (Rev. 19:13). Whether it’s God’s word of grace or judgment, Jesus embodies and executes it.
When we consider today’s verse, there’s an infinite contrast. While only “grass” and “flower” are mentioned, it implies everything that isn’t God’s word. Nothing will endure forever except what Jesus has accomplished and done.
That means that His gracious words will forever stand for those who have received Him as “The Word of God.” The other side of the coin is also true. His expressed judgment will forever stand for those who’ve rejected Him as “The Word of God.” Just like “the word of his power” upholds the universe (Heb. 1:3), even so His word of grace and judgment will fix eternal destinies.
Isn’t it an incredible thought that, in the end, only Jesus and everything He has accomplished will be able to stand the test of eternity? That should deeply humble us, realizing that all lasting fruit in our lives is wholly related to Him.
Let’s place our hope and value in God’s word. Everything else, no matter how useful or beautiful, will wither and fade. It will only cause major disillusionment when we place value on that which is not.
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