by Jim Hughes
Is. 40:6-8 A voice said, “Shout!” I asked, “What should I shout?” “Shout that people are like the grass that dies away. Their beauty fades as quickly as the beauty of flowers in a field. The grass withers, and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the LORD. And so it is with people. The grass withers, and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”
This is a message that must be heard. We are not immortal in the flesh. There is no “fountain of youth.” We grow old and our bodies show it. If per chance one’s body doesn’t show it, it knows it. We can’t do what we once did. We have more aches and pains than we did in our youth. We can’t escape the fact that life as we know it changes and is slipping away. We know with each passing year that our life span is getting shorter and shorter. Before we even realize it, we are there. Our bodies and minds begin to fail us.
But, there are two things we can count on to never fail us: the life of God in us and the Word of God given to sustain us. Foundational to all truth is a belief in an unchangeable God. God is as He always has been and ever will be. There can be no absolute truth in life without an absolute and unchanging God. God will never fail to be who He is in us. He is the great I AM who dwells in us as we live in Christ.
What God has spoken is absolute and never changes. God says what He means and means what He says. It is a binding today as the day it was given. We may not understand it all, but our lack of understanding does not change the truth of it all. We must strive to learn and live what we can and believe the rest by faith because it comes from God.
Shout the message loud and clear. Don’t put your trust in the beauty of the flesh. It grows old and soon passes away. Don’t think that the life you now know will last forever. Put your trust in God and His Word which are eternal and never change.
About the Author:
Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.
C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.
I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.