In our world, the vicissitudes of life are all but guaranteed. Isn’t that ironic? I change, you change, people change, things change. Seasons change and feelings change. The tide dutifully ebbs and flows and the days come and go. Some change is good and some change is not good. Some change is necessary and some change is not. One day we see the mighty and powerful on top and then we look again and they have fallen. Even life itself is in flux. My own father passed away Sept 22. After 91 years of life, change came in the person of death.
Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. James 4:14
Knowing that nothing is fixed, our security and confidence should never be in temporary things. We simply can’t afford to depend on or trust in something that has the potential to change without our control…or approval. We see the evidence of that in our nation today. Some people used to be secure in their 401k, salaries and properties. Now, the same people are struggling to survive because what they once placed their trust in has changed. Some people have depended on the promises of others, only to be let down because humanity is shackled with failure and limitations.
And one of the more unsettling things about change is that it affects us all. We are inexplicably bound together in a way that when you suffer, somewhere, somehow, someone experiences the residue of your pain and loss. Conversely, one man’s loss becomes potential for another’s gain.
Are you sure about what you trust?
Remember that old Sure deodorant commercial from the 80s? It helped sell the product because it promised its users that they would be able to operate under pressure without showing the strains of pressure (wet underarms).
The jingle went: “Raise your hand, raise your hand if you’re Sure!” And then you saw people doing that and one closed with Lady Liberty for emphasis. It capitalized on a fundamental human need.
People still want that. If fact, people have always desired to be sure about their choices in relationships, finances, careers, even churches. They want to be sure, but apart from God, there is no full assurance.
That’s expressly why God declares —without reservation— that he does not change. And neither does his word change because he is inseparable from his word (John 1:1-3)
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Numbers 23:19
That’s why my confidence rests securely in him and his word. I want to be convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that when I face hard times (which I will), when I deal with my enemies (which I will) when my body is fighting sickness (which it will) and other unforeseen challenges, I can depend on God and the promise of his word to carry me through without losing my mind. That kind of confidence brings peace of mind (Is 26:3).
Under attack, but yet standing
In Matthew 24:35, the Lord Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” The word of the Lord is indestructible. It is not immune to attack, but it cannot be vanquished. The supernatural brilliance of our God to hide his word in our hearts ensures that it will remain vibrant, organic and powerful in this present world.
That exhilarates my spirit! Many a powerful king and kingdom has risen in the annals of history. But in time they have fallen. Yet, we can boast in our King and say that He will stand forever. Forever is synonymous with God.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God. Psalms 90:2
There is no beginning nor end to our God. We worship him as the Everlasting Father who knows our beginning and our end, our down sitting and our uprising.
We all know that the real war is against the Word of the Lord. In fact, it began almost as soon as it ushered forth from his lips (Gen 3:1-5) and will continue until the very end (Rev 19:12-21).
But this only serves to confirm the obvious.
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8
Self affirming, supernatural and trustworthy
The word of the Lord affirms itself. With or without our consent it stands as absolute not requiring the affirmation of men.
It affirms its nature:
The Words that I speak to you they are spirit and life (John 6:63)
It affirms its origin:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Tim 3:16)
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet 1:20,21)
This means that the very words of the scripture were given to the writers, and not just the ideas they convey. The writers were not left to record words of their choosing, but were instructed by God himself as to what was written. At the same time God did not destroy or diminish divergent personalities of the writers because it is the synergy between God and man which helps to authenticate the Word.
It affirms its power:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)
It affirms its wisdom in the person of Christ:
“It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” (I Corinthian 1:30)
I wanted to begin our Week in the Word by showing you that you can have full confidence in God and his word. It forms the basis of our belief that his entire will for us is good and perfect. From this confidence we rejoice and we bear witness to others that God is completely trustworthy. And that our trust in Him his promises contain a great benefit for us.
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