Hope from the Word of God

[24] “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, [25] but the word of the Lord remains forever.” (1 Peter 1:24–25a)

It’s amazing how a verse that starts so somber can so quickly become hopeful.

Because of our place in the order of creation, we know how highly God values us. This truth is highlighted by the fact that Jesus suffered and died to pay the sins of all people. Yet, because we live in fallen world, our lives are fleeting. The Apostle Peter quotes Isaiah chapter 40 in describing us like grass, which withers and dies.  

Peter informs us that God’s Word stands in stark contrast to the human condition. The Word of God will live forever. This brings to mind Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

This very same Word of God addresses our human frailty. The Scriptures tell us there will be a resurrection of the dead. Upon the resurrection, there will be a new heavens and new earth. Our resurrected bodies will not wither fade, but instead be similar to our Lord’s glorious, resurrected body. (Philippians 3:20-21). 

(A Second Look devotions are written for the congregations of the Ohio District LCMS.)

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