I have no idea where my life is going. When it will end. How it will end. What will come between now and the end. Who will be part of my remaining years. Who will not be here. We can’t see tomorrow, even though we try (and even attempt to control it!). And what we have today can change in the space of a few breaths.
We’ve all had the experience of depending on something that just … disappeared. It might have been something as simple as a favorite product you always used—until the manufacturer discontinued it. Or it might have been a person or a thing more vital to your life—a close friend, a job, or a bank account. You never expected to lose the friend or the job or the money; but one day, the thing you depended on was gone.
When we think we can depend on something or someone, we speak of standing on “solid ground.” Yet even the most solid of earthly things will not last forever. Jesus said that even the earth and heavens will someday fade away—but His words will never fade away.
David reiterates throughout Psalm 119: “Your word, O God, is eternal, standing firm in heaven. It will last forever and everything will serve your plans.”
How good to know that God’s truth will always stand! When we build our lives on the Scriptures, we are indeed putting our lives on the line—but we are trusting in truth that will not change, will not disappear, will not become out-of-date or useless and ineffective.
David staked his life on God’s unchanging words of truth. Through all the tumult of his life (and a great deal of trouble and grief did rock his life), he found this:
Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble.
God’s Word stands forever. We can stake our lives on His truth, and we will not be disappointed or abandoned or betrayed. We will know joy and wise counsel, encouragement and comfort and hope. Anchored in the Word, we will have weapons against the enemy, tools to live fully, and light to keep on the right path.
God gave Isaiah a beautiful picture of how His Word works:
“The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”
Hope knows God’s Word is like life-giving water for the thirsty ground of our souls. Why not saturate myself with all of its power?
Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.
Much more on the power of the Word of God:
Deuteronomy 29:29; Psalm 19:7-9; Psalm 111:7-8; Psalm 119 (Make your own list of all the things the Word does for us); Isaiah 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; Matthew 5:18; Matthew 24:35; Luke 21:33; Romans 15:4; Ephesians 6:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 4:12; James 1:21; James 1:25; 2 Peter 1:4
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