March 12, 2012

The Word That Stands For Ever…

In reading through a chapter in Barry Webb’s Commentary on the book of Isaiah, I was once again encouraged, uplifted and deeply comforted as he reminded the reader of these sure and certain truths… 

“The truth is that God's word can be relied upon.
It does not decay and fade away as we do, but stands for ever.

The person who cannot rest his or her whole weight on the word of God can never know peace, for in the last analysis, it can be found nowhere else than in a trusting relationship with the God who made us and rightly claims us as his own.

Reliance on the word of God is not fatalistic or superstitious. It is not trust in something impersonal like the stars or a good luck charm. It is trust in a person who is committed to us and has all the resources necessary to care for us.

It is the word of our God that Isaiah speaks of, a word or message that arises from a relationship. And the truth is that God's word has the same character as God himself. It is as unchanging and reliable as the God who speaks it.”

A voice says, “Cry out.” 

And I said, “What shall I cry?”
“All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.

The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of the LORD blows on them.

Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God stands forever.”
Isaiah 40:6-8

As it was for Isaiah over two and a half millennia ago, may it also be for me. May I continue to put my unwavering confidence, assurance and lasting hope in the unchanging and enduring word of the God who is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:7-8).

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