“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: but the word of the Lord endureth forever” (1 Pet. 1:24-25).
One of the characteristics that marks Christian wisdom is the constant appeal to God’s word. The latest studies, the latest trends, the latest rage – may or may not be helpful – and chances are good that it’s not, but God’s word stands forever.
And you can tell who you are trying to please by whose word you pay most attention to. Whose word has been on your mind? A news story eating at you? An article on the financial markets, a supreme court ruling? A new diet or health concern or something about vaccinations? Maybe a hard word from a friend or family member? Something your boss said – good or bad? The words that you hold on to, the words that you share the most, talk about the most, think about the most are the words you are trusting. And the words that you trust are a pretty good litmus test of who you most want to please.
The words of man are like grass. The best words of man are like a really great flower, faded and gone in a few days. But God’s word is pure, like silver tried in a furnace, purified seven times. His word is perfect, converting the soul. His statutes are always right, rejoicing the heart. His commands enlighten the eyes. The words of man are vanity and covetousness. They are empty and grasping and fading. And the approval of man is the same. But God’s word is fixed and sure, settled in heaven. His faithfulness is to all generations. His words are sweet, like honey. His words are a bright light, like the dawning of a new day. And when we seek His Word, we seek Him, and we always find Him trustworthy and true.