“The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
Observing today’s society, it does not take much observation to conclude that it is moving further and further away from God’s commands with each passing year. In grade school in the ‘60s, I stood with my fellow students each day and sang God bless America, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. In many public schools today, neither is recited since they have the word “God” in them. God is systematically being removed from our society, relegated to use in churches only. Anymore it is getting to where the only time God’s name is heard in public is when it is taken in vain.
Then there is the diluting of the concept of sin, itself. What was once considered by the majority of society to be “sinful” years ago is considered “not sinful” today. The main problem with this is that “what is sinful and what is not” is not determined by the popular opinion of man, nor by Hollywood, nor any human court of law. What is sinful and what is not is determined by God Himself.
God’s Word says about itself in Isaiah 40:8, “The Word of our God stands forever.” Additionally, Psalm 119:89 says, “Forever, O LORD, Thy word is settled in heaven.” And finally, “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away” (Luke 21:33). If these words were not powerful enough, they are fortified more so in light of what God says about Himself when He testifies of His character, “I the LORD do not change” (Malachi 3:6).
Question: Do you find yourself swayed by popular opinion regarding what is sinful and what is not, or do you stand with the faithful One?
Challenge: Reflect for a moment and assess yourself by answering this question, “Are you out to win the praise of man, or the praise of God?”
Prayer: O Lord, you alone are faithful, and faithful is your Word. What you have established stands forever. It shall not be moved. May we be as faithful to your Word as your Word itself is faithful!
Rob Crose -- BC Staff