“The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” The voice said, “Cry out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is grass, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.””
Isaiah 40:5-8 NKJV
Last week I sat in this chair and watched a huge storm front visualized on the weather broadcast. The skies outside had become very dark and a storm was looming. As I watched the tip of the front on the tv reach my city, I could see thre winds blowing outside my house. Suddenly, one of my trees began to shake furiously. Straight line, hurricane force winds were moving throuigh my state, bring much damage and taking out the power to much of the state. Suddenly I found myself in darkness. That darkness would continue for three days.
As I waited for the power to return, I knew in the back of my mind that there would soon come a day when all would get back to some kind of normal. I had confidence that the power company was working on the problem and that power would be restored. To some extant, I could have faith in the utility and its ability to deliver light into my darkened world. On the morning of that storm, it was easy to think that I would be lost in the dark forever. It was my remembrance of past faithfulness that helped me through each darkened night, and each passing day.
In the midst of that time I had friends who sent me texts and called me to make sure I was okay. I was reminded that I was not in the storm and its aftermath alone.
We are in a storm. This time the winds are not the gusts of a derecho, but the violent winds of protest, pestilence, and political strife. It is easy to be consumed by the incredible amount of bad news flooding the airwaves, social media and every conversation. I have made it a concerted effort to guard my heart and my mind. I have also focused on the one sure thing that I know will stand. The word of God.
Our country is in a state of blackout, as we appear without power to deal with things that are challenging the very fabric of the nation. We have tried all the usual approaches and they have not worked. Rest assured that the Lord is working on the problem. He will restore the light, He will bring the power. His word will stand forever. The fact that we are facing the same issues time and time again testify that each thing we consider insurmountable are like the grass in summer: it grows, it withers and grows again. We also know that all flesh is also like grass. All that we concern ourselves with is passing away, and ceases to be of importance.
In the midst of this storm, we must not lose sight of the eternal things. Instead of trees being destroyed, souls are in the balance. This storm is obscuring the fact that people are dying and going either to Heaven or hell, and no amount of replanting will make up for the loss.
Believers, be about the Father’s business. The word of God stands and remains, and will remain even after time has ceased. Focus not on the temporary message that offers a short term change that fosters good feelings, but rather the permanent transformation brought on by the Gospel. The message of Jesus will outlast all the things going on in our world and can be counted on.
“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the LORD endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.”
I Peter 1:22-25 NKJV
My brothers and sisters, take these times to reach out in love to each other, but also extend that love to those outside the household of faith. There are no enemies, but people who have not tasted the grace of God. Pray for those in opposition, tell them of your great Savior Jesus Christ, and how He took your sins to the cross, paid for them, and forgave you.
Jesus is beyond the storm, light in the darkness and He stands forever!
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