The Word That Stands Forever


James MacDonald shares the three things you need if you want to grow and flourish in your faith.

A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever—Isaiah 40:6-8.

This passage in Isaiah 40 is prophetic of the ministry of John the Baptist. But the picture being created is of God coming to His people. Verse 3 says, “A voice cries, ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.’” He wants all obstacles removed, so He can come into your life and bring you comfort. God wants every single obstacle out of the way. 

Look at verse 8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” My confidence communicating the awesomeness of God has absolutely nothing to do with my capacity to put things into words. The very message I bring to you is the message from God's Word, which will stand forever. It is God speaking about Himself. He is telling us how He wants to be known and understood as awesome.

You need three things if you want to grow and flourish in your faith—and if you want God to be all for you that He can be.

First, you need to understand the cross and resurrection of Christ, and what that’s all about. If you don’t, or if you think you do but you're not entirely sure, you can find out right here, today.

Second, you need to have the authority of God’s Word in your life. If you are reading this right now, you're in a position to understand the Bible. God's Word is so powerful, it can take an unsaved, unregenerated, uninterested, hard-hearted Joe Screwdriver and absolutely turn his life around! And it can transform you too—give you wisdom, bring you joy, dispel the darkness in your life.

Third, you need to know about the greatness of God. If you have a tiny, little on-the-mantelpiece God, He is not going to help you make it through the things life brings your way. God is awesome! His comfort and strength are all we need. His divine principles set a right path through the maze of life and can cause our hearts to experience joy. The commands of the Lord are so crystal clear, they bring light to the darkness in every human heart.

God's Word stands forever. Surely His own Spirit can take these truths and cause His greatness to be lifted up before our eyes. 


  • Would you say you are growing and flourishing in your faith? Why or why not?


Lord, You are great! There is no one like You. The more time I spend exposed to Your Word, the more I realize what a gift You have given to us. Let me, like the psalmist, hide Your Word in my heart, so I won’t sin against You. Grip my life with Your greatness and receive glory through the little that I am, placed in Your hands. Thank You for the privilege of knowing You now and for all eternity. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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