“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away” (Luke 21:33, NASB).
We often hear ad campaigns proclaiming the durability of a product. We hear the phrase, “built to last”. If we are drawn to this concept and it sounds familiar it’s because Jesus said it first. In the verse above, Jesus declares that heaven and earth will pass away but “My words will not pass away.” The truth is we live in a world where products are designed and built with an expiration date, a “best if used by date.” They are made to fade away and die. To deal with this reality, Americans spend literally millions every year on extended warranty programs in an effort to stretch the utility from the “one year design life” to a “three year user life”. Then at the end of three years we discard the product or upgrade. In the world of electronic gadgets, cell phones or software lifespan seems to be months not years.
It is comforting to know that the Word of God does not change. The Word does not disintegrate, go stale or have an expiration date. In fact, the Word is “Living Word.” It is alive with the Spirit of God. Every time I pick up my Bible to read, I see something new, something that I missed in my previous study. The Holy Spirit will often speak to me and say, “Now that you have matured, let me reveal a deeper truth to you today.” I praise God that His Word is alive. They are not simply words written on a page about people and places that faded long ago. The Word is filled with the very presence, character, will, truth and life of the Most High God. Reading my Bible is not a passive event. It is real-time intimate contact with a Living God. Best of all, it is “built to last.”
Lord, thank you for your Living Word that never fails me. Thank you that it sustains and strengths me and is life to my soul. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.