The Word of the Lord endures forever
For: All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this word is the gospel that was proclaimed to you. 1 Peter 1:24-25 CSB
Peter closes out the chapter with a quote from Isaiah 40:6-8. Isaiah prophesizes that the people of Israel with go into exile soon. With such foreboding news, God’s people were in need of encouragement. Peter uses this passage in the same way, sharing encouragement to the Christians scattered abroad seen in verse 1 as “those chosen, living as exiles dispersed abroad.” Life is short. This image of grass is having glory for a short amount of time and withering away quickly is a very vivid image in my mind. Whenever I drive to church, I pass through the hills near the Getty Center. After a few days of rainfall, those hills will be bright green and full of life, yet in two weeks, they will be stark brown. Our time here on earth is limited. James speaks of it as a vapor, how we think we are in control of our lives, and yet, we should live in light of God’s will. In James 4:13-15 says: “‘Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes. Instead, you should say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’” So, how does reminding those scattered abroad, going through painful trials that life is short, be encouraging? We see it in verse 25 that “the Word of the Lord endures forever and this Word is the gospel that was proclaimed to you.” The Word of God endures forever, meaning that it can never be made ineffective. It is an unchanging beacon of hope and truth to believers. It can provide the foundation for believers to stand on when the storms of life come raining down (Matthew 7:24-27). Through the Word, we have come to know Jesus Christ as our Messiah and have received the blessed gift of salvation. As the Word of the Lord endures forever (Psalm 119:89), so will our salvation. Knowing that the message of hope will never change nor falter, it gives us the strength to persevere, and it transforms us to become more and more like Christ as we study and do what it commands. Jesus “‘answered, ‘It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4).
Isaac De Guzman