August 12, 2015
Steam engine at the Pioneer Tunnel mine in Ashland, PA
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The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
I just bought a roll of “Forever” stamps at our local Post Office. What an interesting marketing concept, a stamp that will last forever! These stamps have been available here in the USA for 1st class postage since 2007 when the first class rate was .41 cents. It’s a good value since, if someone still had a supply of those “forever” stamps today, they would be saving 8 cents in postage!
Forever stamps seem like an especially good value when the postal service announces a rate increase. Brooksyne often reminds me to buy some stamps since the value remain the same though future increases. After the rate increase they do seem like a real bargain!
However the forever stamp will really not be valuable forever! In all due respect to the Postal Service and friends who work there they really can’t make this claim. After all, kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall. Like currency in a failed nation so will the postage be. Furthermore God’s Word declares that at some point this old earth is going to pass away. At some point a roll of Forever stamps will be worth nothing more than that of a child’s sticker.
Everything created on this side of heaven has an expiration date and will eventually wither like the grass and fade like a flower. Isaiah served God about 700 BC and was considered one of the greatest prophets. His words are quoted extensively in the New Testament, with Isaiah 40 being among the grandest writings in English literature.
In our daily verse he contrasts the temporariness of God’s creation with the eternality of His spoken Word, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” The apostle Peter quotes this verse in his epistle and goes on to write, “This is the word that was preached to you” (1 Peter 1:25).
And indeed this beloved Word continues to be pondered, preached and practiced all over the world today, 2,700 years after Isaiah wrote and some 1950 years after Peter wrote. We can be absolutely assured of its timeless value. Jesus said “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Luke 21:33). Should our Lord tarry in His return to earth we can be assured that fifty or five hundred or five thousand years from now His Word will remain and have eternally great value!
Our second daily text assures us of another forever; God’s love which is everlasting.
We encourage you this day to place your trust in the One whose Word will never fade and His message will stand forever!
Forever God is strong.
Forever God is with us,
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, You are King, Your throne is eternal; You are the First and the Last. You spoke through Christ Jesus, Your everlasting Son, Christ as God in human form. God, You continue to speak by Your Spirit in Your ageless Holy Word expounding Your own message, now as then. Through the rise and fall of nations one sure faith still holds us fast. You abide, Your Word is unchanging. Though all hell should endeavor to shake this firm foundation built on Your Holy Word, we will never forsake it, for the darkened veil will soon be lifted and we will see You face to face in the fullness of Your glory. Praise be to God! Amen.
You know you are really in the country when you park next to a tractor at the local hardware store!
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