“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.”
Isaiah 40:7-8 NLT
Those of you who are or have been vegetable gardeners, know that by this time pickings are slowing doown, and soon the lawn will need fewer cuts. Many of the flowers which bloomed so profusely have faded and are now cut back. My Brown Eyed Susans and Cone Flowers are turning brown, but I think I’ll save them for a while longer and let the Gold Finch feed on them.
The prophet Isaiah says, “The grass withers and the flowers fade . . . And so it is with people.” Have you ever looked at the old family picture album and found it hard to believe that the teenager on those pages was really you? How the grass has withered and the flower faded. We are reminded of that every morning as we look into the mirror. But we are more than just a physical body which is growing older by the day. We are also spiritual beings which can be nourished and built up by God’s word which never loses its vitality. “The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.” God’s word will never wear out and fade away. Peter says “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.”
We may have received an inheritance from our parents or some relative (which by the way most likely has lost some value recently) and some day we will pass what’s left to someone else. However, in Christ “we have a priceless inheritance” which we will never have to give up. This inheritance is kept in God’s eternal safety deposit box reserved in our name, “pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.” It will never fade away
James also mentions withering grass and fading flower of human riches and achievements, then adds “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” The precious gifts of our Lord will never lose their value or fade away!!
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