Isaiah 40:6&8 “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever.”
I have been part of a writing critique group for some time, and a few years ago, one of the women in this group passed away. It struck me as very sad that she died without having published any of her writing. Most likely, her writing and words will die with her. They will wither, but God’s Word will not. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Luke 21:33) Human writers may write something that lasts beyond their lifetime, but nothing we write is eternal like God’s Word—lasting as infinitely into the future as into the past. Psalm 119:89 says “Your Word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” His Word has been here from the beginning, “In the beginning was the Word.” (John 1:1), and will be here until the end, “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:18)
God’s Word and truth are kept eternally alive by the work of the Holy Spirit. “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said.” (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit keeps God’s Word and truth from withering. When something on earth withers, it’s because it’s not being watered or fed. In John 15:6, Jesus says, “If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers.” To remain in Jesus, we need to read and study His Word. So what’s our excuse for not remaining in Jesus? Are we too busy? Do you feel as though you are withering? There will always be things to steal our time away from God’s Word. We have to commit to it and protect it, or it will be squandered, and we will wither. It’s amazing how easy it is to waste time, especially in this era of high technology which was supposed to save us time. Can you find even ten minutes a day to spend being watered by God’s Word? Then see how you will grow and bear fruit. “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.” (Psalm 1:2-3)
What will you do to remain in Jesus this week?
What will you cut out of your schedule to make time for God’s Word this week?