The Word Will Stand
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
– Isaiah 40:8
Do you ever have those moments when you feel truly alive? For me, it is when something happens that merges who God has made me to be with what God has called me to do. When identity combines with passion.
One of those moments happened recently when I was in a Bible study at church and the teacher shared Isaiah 40:8 as part of their lesson. As they read the passage an image immediately flashed in my mind. I quickly sketched the idea on a random sheet of paper I had tucked away in the back of my Bible and held onto the concept to develop later. These moments are usually how new art is birthed in my mind, and I love them!
Moments when God shows me something and says, “Ok, now go show that to others.” God made me to glorify him–that is who I am–and I’m thankful that art is one of the ways he has called me to do it–that is my passion. So here I am again, excited to share a new piece of art!
The image that came to mind that day was formed through a connection of Isaiah 40:8 to John 1. Isaiah says that everything in this world will fade and fall, but that God’s word will stand forever. Then in John’s gospel, it begins by telling us that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God, and the Word became flesh. The Word was Christ.
The image that came to mind was one of the grass withered and bushes bare, everything fading away. Yet the work that Christ accomplished on the cross, the work of redemption, the work of the Word, standing forever!
God’s word is how he has revealed himself to us, how he has made our need for a savior known to us, and how he has told us the story of redemption and salvation by faith alone in Jesus Christ. He wrote the good news in the perfect life, death, and resurrection of God’s Son, the Word.
He will forever be glorified for what God did that day in purchasing redemption for all that will follow him. His work will stand forever! It will never fade and no one can overthrow it. For all eternity, those who have surrendered their lives to him will worship him and experience the fullness of joy in his presence!
So the question is, are you giving your life to something that will fade or something that will stand forever?