Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Last night I cooked corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, and cornbread. Lou Anne inspired me with her Saturday night menu she shared with me yesterday morning.
I had to somehow bring “green” into today’s post or else pinch myself as a result.
Are you a bit confused by the title? You can probably tell where it’s headed but indulge me anyway.
Grab a Bible if you have one near the computer. Turn to Psalm 13:14-16.
Psalm 103:14-16 says, “for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.”
You see, we are all going to end up as green as dead grass; not green with life, at all. Dead grass has no life in it to work with the sun and rain to make itself green. Every single person on this earth today will at some point be gone…back to dust. When I’m gone, this blog will end (if I don’t run out of words before that day or if something higher tech comes along). My belongings will be reduced to a few things that my family might want, or not. Eventually, those who knew me will be no more and there will be no one left to remember Amy Cathryn Dickson Ward. My Bibles with my notes and “LFL” (Lesson for life) in the margin? Probably some dumpster eventually will collect it amidst all my Bible study notes. I hate it, but that’s probably the reality.
That’s the way ahead for all of us. Think about it. Depressed?
Right now the grass in our yard is greening up from the warmer weather and the abundance of steady rain…a good recipe for greening. It revives me a bit.
Isaiah 40 begins this way, ” ‘Comfort, comfort my people,’ says your God.” Read all of this chapter. You’ll recognize many verses in it. Then go back to verses 6b-8. “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are like grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever.”
In this passage in Isaiah God is telling Isaiah to compare man with grass. Did you note the comparison? They are like grass and their glory is like the flowers of the field. Isn’t that nice? Green grass and flowering fields are alive. But, there’s one problem, they don’t live forever.
Isaiah says that the grass withers and the flowers fade. So, if we are like grass, then what? We wither…we die. Up to a certain point, he echoes what the Psalmist has written. But, He ends it with more.
He says there IS something that will never wither nor fall. God’s Word.
That means that everything you as a believer rely upon based on the ultimate Truth found in God’s Word WILL NOT FADE NOR WITHER! Here are some of those things in case you need reminding:
- God’s Word will never fail
- You have been promised eternal life; LIFE
- You are joint heirs with Christ
- Your hope is in Christ
- Christ is the solid rock
- Jesus is the only way to God
- Jesus is coming back for His Bride
So, if you’re a believer, being dead like grass means you are alive with Christ.
Somebody out there needed that reminder today. I hope you are comforted. God and His Word are the only sure things.