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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”—Isaiah 40:8 (NLT)
Absolutes are essential! In life, we need to know there are certain things that will never change on us. Magnetic north, the earth’s rotation, gravity, the freezing and boiling points of water, the speed of light, the principles of mathematics . . . all of these things are consistently constant. They don’t suddenly shift on us.
And because they don’t, we can rely on their reliability to walk the earth, sail the seas, cook a potato, air condition a home, or journey to the moon. When you think about it, absolutes are amazing gifts from God. Imagine what our existence would be like without them! And yet, He has given us another absolute, a gift whose value towers above all others: the absolute surety of His Word!
As Isaiah wrote roughly 2,700 years ago, “the Word of our God stands forever.” It was true then, it is true now, and it will be true long into eternity. If there is one constant that can be banked on, it’s the absolute assurance that God’s Word will stand, even after all else has fallen. Not only that, but Jesus, Himself, reminds us in John’s gospel that God’s Word can’t even be changed: “You know that the Scriptures cannot be altered” (John 10:35 NLT).
Once God proclaims something, that’s it! He doesn’t amend, revise, or second-guess anything. He’s all-knowing and eternal, so nothing has ever escaped His understanding. Consequently, there’s never any need for Him to change anything. What He pronounces to be true is always true, from eternity past to eternity ahead and every possible point in between!
So, let’s make this personal. Let’s pull this principle down to our level and ask ourselves, “So what?” What real impact can this gift have on our lives with all of life’s hassles, deadlines, pains, and disappointments?
It means we can build on something stable, we can always know which way is “up,” we can trust in a trajectory that we can’t physically see, we can know our origins in the past, we can actually know the future before it happens, we can know where to find satisfaction of our souls—the list literally goes on forever, because God’s Word holds eternal promises! We can never touch the bottom of its goodness; it’s as endless as its Author.
What an absolute gift God’s Word is, and what an opportunity we have to thank Him for it and live according to it!
DIG: What do Isaiah and Jesus tell us concerning God’s Word?
DISCOVER: What’s the practical significance of this? How will this gift change your day?
DISPLAY: Today, reflect on a promise from God’s Word that you’ve seen hold true in your life.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.