It Will Stand Forever

I was listening to the radio the other night and a song came on that mentioned somebody getting their phone turned on. And suddenly it hit me that people used to have to get their phone turned on, much like they do their electricity. Now, if you're laughing at me, just realize that I have never had a home phone. My parents did when I was growing up, but I have never needed one since leaving home. It's amazing how things have changed and how many things are different than they used to be. Even spending money has changed drastically. It's becoming more and more common to be able to pay with Apple Pay from my watch or phone so I don't even have to pull my wallet out of my pocket. But if someone only takes cash, I better want it bad enough that I will drive to an ATM, withdraw money (in multiples of 20), and then go to wherever I'm spending that money. If I don't want it that bad, I'll find somewhere else to purchase it.

As I think about how things are changing, it makes me all the more thankful for something that doesn't change. In the book of Isaiah we have a beautiful promise: "The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever" (Isaiah 40:8). Yes, the format of His word has changed. We no longer read it in Hebrew on parchment scrolls. Today it has been translated numerous times into English and we can read it in a bound book or on our iPads or iPhones or even listen to it being read or dramatized. But even though the medium has changed, His word has remained the same. And no matter how crazy life gets or how many other things change around us, God's word will stand forever.