Two weeks ago, my parents celebrated thirty-two years of marriage. I am so happy for them and so grateful for the godly, biblical example of marriage they have shown to me and my sisters. One of the many ways Dad showed his affection for Mom was buying her a gorgeous bouquet of flowers.
Sadly, the flowers only lasted ten days before turning limp and brown. As I looked at the wilted, broken petals, I was reminded of the passage in the Bible that speaks directly about such flowers.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”
An encouragement, a peace, a hope settles in me whenever I think on that passage. To think of the countless hundreds of flowers Dad has given Mom that have all withered and died, and to know that unlike those flowers, God’s word is the same as it was the day they were married, gives me such peace. To know, without a shadow of a doubt, that God’s word – the Bible – is eternally true and infallible brings a certain contentment and comfort that is not unlike a child resting in his father’s words, “I’m proud of you,” amidst the noise of the playground.
What joy and hope that passage brings to those who lean on its truth for support! We can hold in our hands the undefeatable, infallible, everlasting source of truth. And why is it that way? Because God Himself spoke the words on those pages. It is those pages that contain messages for you. It is those pages that contain truth.
The voice inside our heads, the word on the street, the speakings of others, all that the government has defined as legal – these are not infallible sources of truth. (Sometimes [most times] they’re not sources of truth at all.) God’s word, the Bible, stands as the only infallible source of truth. And it remains that way; it has been true, it is true, and it will forever be true – and unchanging in its truth. And because of its eternal nature, it is just as relevant today as it was when it was written.
So be comforted by the fact that the only parts of your Bible that will ever wear out are its pages – never its words. And next time you are burdened by the unknown, by the world around us, by worries and concerns, look at a flower and remember that unlike the flower which lasts a few days, God’s word – His promises, His character, His truth – stands forever.