The Changeless Word

 As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
1 Corinthians 13:8-10

Today, I am thankful for the Word of God–both the living Word that is alive and active and sharper than any two-edged sword as well as the Word who was with God in the beginning; the Word who came to pay the redemption fee for my bond. I am thankful that, despite widespread criticism and unbelief, this Word that proclaims His astonishing and sacrificial love remains untarnished and undiminished though all human wisdom will wax and wane and eventually pass away.

Trends come and go as swiftly as a leaf born upon a flood-swollen river, people rise into prominence only to decline and be forgotten within a brief span of years, world power shifts and geographical boundaries fluctuate. Today’s latest gadget occupies an ignoble spot in tomorrow’s trash heap. Physical and emotional pain both surge and diminish. Scientific discoveries are lauded with great pride this month and then discredited in the next as new discoveries are made. The wisdom of man, always so promising, always so apparently wonderful in its day, is only waiting to become the butt of tomorrow’s joke, held up in disdain by the people of tomorrow as evidence of the foolishness of our past.

Through it all, the true wisdom of the Eternal is not dimmed either by time nor by the fickleness of human understanding.  The message of the cross may appear to be foolishness to some, but to those of us who are being saved, it is joy inexpressible and irrefutable evidence of the redeeming, powerful, saving love of our God and King. The more I read and understand how complex and deep is the wisdom of God found in the Bible, the more I am in awe that such an intricate and involved plan spanning the entire age of man has such an incredibly simple overarching theme.  The more I learn and delve into the depths of this ancient and ageless Truth, the more I am humbled by my own folly and the inexpressible silliness of my nature.

I am thankful that, in a world of constantly shifting virtues and mores, God has left His changeless Word to act as a plumb line for those who, with humble and contrite hearts, are wiling to test themselves against it. I am grateful that He has opened my once hardened and embittered heart to the very Word of life and light and love. I cannot express the thanks I have that His Word continues to breathe new life into a heart so careless, so reckless, so addicted to sin, and so prone to wander as mine.  And I am thankful that I have free access to this Word anytime I wish… so thankful that I find myself drawn to read it and cherish it more and more.

It is my sincere prayer that all of us who follow the teachings of the Lord would treasure His word, storing it up in our hearts, loving to read it again and again, and being changed more and more into His likeness. I echo Paul’s prayer, “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father… that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
(Ephesians 3:14-19)”

Amen.

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