Friday, August 23: But the word of the Lord endures forever

In today's broken world, finding practical ways help others encounter and follow Jesus can be challenging and risky. We'll read through the New Testament book of 1 Peter, where the apostle encourages a church living under persecution to be faithful in less-than-receptive circumstances.

Read 1 Peter 1:22-25

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For,

"All people are like grass,

and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;

the grass withers and the flowers fall,

but the word of the Lord endures forever."

And this is the word that was preached to you.

Reflect

We may be living longer these days, but we are still like the flowers of the field, which wither after a season and die. Peter contrasts this brevity of life with the word of God, which stands forever. What is it about the word of God that makes it permanent and unchanging? Your remaining years may see mind-boggling changes in our world and in yourself. Will it make a difference to you if your life is grounded on the unchanging word of God?

Respond

How could you be more influenced by God's word on a daily basis? As situations arise today, ask yourself if you know of truths from the Bible that might help you as you deal with those opportunities or problems.

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