The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever (Isaiah 40:8).
“Forever” is a big word, isn’t it? It defies our human understanding because our human perspective often thinks in limited and timely terms about years, days, and hours. In our minds, most everything perishes, withers, and fades. However, the prophet Isaiah uses the word “forever” in connection with the Word of God.
We know that our Savior – the Word of God – was sent into the time of this world to live a perfect life, suffer, and die to bear the punishment for our sins and the sins of all. John 1:1 and 14 remind us: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God …. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. The wonderful hope our saving Lord gives is that He did not stay dead, but rose to eternal life, so that we might also live forever with Him in heaven.
We are reminded once again in 1 Peter that … you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; … And this word is the good news that was preached to you (1 Peter 1:23, 25b). God nurtures the faith of His children throughout our years through the Word of God, the forever Word that the Holy Spirit uses to enlighten and sanctify His own. The Word reveals our sinfulness and the realization that we need our Savior. The Word reveals God’s plan of salvation for us in and through His Son. This Good News of salvation in its truth and purity has been taught to us through the generations.
As we reflect on the past, we see that the Lord has blessed the preaching of His Word. He has sent leaders in our church to teach us and to remind us not to “… despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it” (Luther’s Small Catechism, Meaning to The Third Commandment). He has guided the teaching of His Word throughout the years and kept His Church in the one, true faith.
What could be your response to these blessings from God? Identify those teachers of God’s Word in your life. Praise and thank God for them and for all those leaders and martyrs throughout the years who have preached the forever Word of God. Share the Good News of salvation with those around you. Encourage your pastors and teachers of God’s Word. Read and inwardly digest God’s Word daily, and thank Him for all He has done.
Yes, God promises that … the word of our God will stand forever (Isaiah 40:8b). We believe by faith in this forever promise. We look forward with hope to our forever home in heaven with our Lord and Savior. We rejoice in God’s Word … forever!
Pray or sing “God’s Word Is Our Great Heritage” LSB 582, TLH 283, LW 333.
God’s Word is our great heritage And shall be ours forever;
To spread its light from age to age Shall be our chief endeavor.
Through life it guides our way, In death it is our stay.
Lord, grant, while worlds endure, We keep its teachings pure
Throughout all generations.
The Forever Word
Written by Shari Miller, East Helena, Montana
Published by Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 2017