Today’s Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” – Isaiah 40:8
In Israel a scorching east wind can turn a lush, green countryside brown and lifeless within 48 hours. In a similar way, the breath of the Lord has the power to wilt us fragile people. As much as we try to preserve ourselves with wrinkle creams or plastic surgery, the effects of our sin take a toll on our bodies and we eventually wither and die.
God’s Word, however, lasts forever. The Old and New Testament Scriptures have withstood the test of time because they are inspired—breathed out by the Holy Spirit. When they are opened we are introduced to Jesus, “the Word made flesh.” All who hear this Word and believe in His name have eternal life. Therefore, with King David we can confidently say, “You will not abandon me to the grave, nor will You let Your Holy One see decay. (Psalm16)”
No wonder Martin Luther called the Bible “the cradle of Christ.” This Advent let us not put our hopes in things that fade away such as physical beauty or strength. Let us open the Scriptures, put our trust in the Christ Child, and stand firm on His eternal Word.
Prayer: Not by human flesh and blood, By the Spirit of our God, Was the Word of God made flesh- Woman’s offspring, pure and fresh. (Savior of the Nations, Come, LSB 332:2).
This devotion was written by Reverend Peter Hoft, pastor at Park View Lutheran Church in Eldridge, IA.