Our Daily Bread --
April 23, 2016
Read: Psalm 119:89-96
Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 16-18; Luke 17:20-37
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. —Matthew 24:35
At the beginning of World War II, aerial bombings flattened much of Warsaw, Poland. Cement blocks, ruptured plumbing, and shards of glass lay strewn across the great city. In the downtown area, however, most of one damaged building still stubbornly stood. It was the Polish headquarters for the British and Foreign Bible Society. Still legible on a surviving wall were these words: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matt. 24:35).
Jesus made that statement to encourage His disciples when they asked Him about the “end of the age” (v. 3). But His words also give us courage in the midst of our embattled situation today. Standing in the rubble of our shattered dreams, we can still find confidence in God’s indestructible character, sovereignty, and promises.
The psalmist wrote: “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens” (Ps. 119:89). But it is more than the word of the Lord; it is His very character. That is why the psalmist could also say, “Your faithfulness continues through all generations” (v. 90).
As we face devastating experiences, we can define them either in terms of despair or of hope. Because God will not abandon us to our circumstances, we can confidently choose hope. His enduring Word assures us of His unfailing love. —Dennis Fisher
Thank You, Lord, for the gift of Your Word. Thank You for its truth, its timelessness, and the guidance You give us by that Word. Help us believe and trust everything You say.
We can trust God’s unchanging Word.
INSIGHT: Psalm 119 is dedicated to the beauty of God’s laws. Through a variety of metaphors and comparisons, the law of the Lord is celebrated as being perfect and bringing life. Rather than seeing the law as something limiting and confining, the psalmist sees the law as vital to what it means to live a full and fruitful life. As believers, we can celebrate how God intends for us to live in relationship with Him and others. J.R. Hudberg
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