S63P1 – The qualities of God’s word: eternal
1 Pet. 1:22-25
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for
“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
The offer was for a position that he had sought for some time, and it was as close to his dream job as he could get with his experience. He discussed the offer with his wife because it required a two-year commitment and a cross-country move. Although he was given no guarantee of work beyond that initial two-year assignment, they thought the opportunity was too good to pass up considering the doors it might open for him. Before they knew it they were moving into their new house in sunny Florida, excited to see what the future would bring. What they did not know was that the company had overestimated its need, and his position would be eliminated after only six months. He took the offer letter into his boss’s office to show that the words on that paper promised him two years of work, but it was no use. There was no longer a position for him to fill there.
They say that a man is only as good as his word, but we know that we all have the propensity to break promises and leave commitments unfulfilled. If we say God is as good as his word, that paints a completely different picture. He does not break his promises; He does not change the rules by which He plays. If the Lord promises a certain way to salvation, we can rely on that as being an eternal truth. That is a guarantee. It is just like his promise to never leave us or forsake us. That is true from the moment we become his children, and it cannot change as long as we remain his. The word of God is trustworthy and secure. It is alive through him and cannot be anything other than what He is. God cannot lie, so his word must be true. If He does not change with the wind, neither do his promises.
The word of God brings us so many guarantees that are almost unbelievable. It can be easy to doubt a promise when its fulfillment appears practically impossible. The thing about God’s word is that it is not true only for a particular time or in a particular instance. If He says it, it is true for eternity. His words can only emulate his character, which shows us that He is steadfast and loyal. When God says He will bring something, it will come. When God says He will remove something, it will go. His word was true yesterday, is true today and will remain true tomorrow. Father, give us a new revelation of the eternal quality of your word that we would trust its fulfillment in all things.