For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:bible daily devotional reference –1 Peter 1:24-25
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
This passage reminds me of a story that saddened me recently: I bought a couple houseplants a while ago and they were thriving. These plants brightened my home and mood every time I glanced at them. Sitting on the windowsill, they kept growing larger and more towards the sun with each passing day. If I cared for them properly, they would keep growing in this way, seemingly forever, and even the pieces that fell off of the plants started to grow new plants. I planned to move them outside when the weather turned warmer so that they could keep growing and spawning new plants.
I went away from home for a few days and watered the plants before leaving.
Apparently, I watered them too much, because when I returned the plants were dying. I was upset at myself, thinking about what I could have done differently, questioning why I did what I did in the first place.
These plants could have gone outside and outlasted me. They could have grown for centuries if only I had watered them too much. How can I possibly predict what will happen? What happens to this plant, to me, to everything is not for me to decide.
Only one thing is permanent: the word of God. I felt sad about these plants, far more than I should have. I happened to see this passage a few days later and thought instead about how lucky those plants were, how lucky I am to have heard the word of the Lord. Plants, people, and all things come and go. The Lord lasts forever.
Almighty Father, I thank you for the eternal salvation you have given me with your everlasting word. Help guide me in spreading the seeds of your gospel, and not focusing on the suffering that I encounter. Grant me the wisdom to walk the righteous path to bliss, where your love and truth for mankind remains forever and ever. Amen.
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