Faith Flowers and Fulfillment

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The search for something permanent is a human desire that transcends nationality, space and time.  The sad reality is that almost nothing remains the same.  Institutions come and go.  Leaders rise and leaders fall.  Great people live and great people die.  Love comes and love goes.  If you are fortunate you will find love and it might last the rest of your lifetime, but even then, at some point both persons will die and life moves on.  Denise and I will celebrate 40 years of marriage this August.  While that is a milestone, the reality is that many have been married longer than we are, but even then, at some point everyone goes the way of the world.

My late father mentioned often how when he pastored a church in New Orleans he received several awards and plaques, but when his successor was installed, soon afterwards anything with his name or image on it was removed.  The point I am making is that nothing will last forever.  If it is not a human being it will be the force of nature, but everything that lives and every building and entity that has life will eventually come down.

Businesses come and businesses go.  TWA and Pan Am airlines were mighty in their day, but they are gone and rest in the history of great businesses that once were great and now have been swallowed by others.

Where I am going with all of this?  In my mind, the only thing that offers permanence is the Word of God.

Therefore, you and I should look for that one thing that promises to be with us in season and out of season, when we are up and when we are down, when we are in our strength and when we are in our weakness.   That one thing that assures us it will be with us until the end of the universe and even then is the Word of God.

In the search for personal fulfilment, I believe that faith in God is the one thing that provides us with relevance, meaning and a sense of purpose that cannot be destroyed. The Word of God provides us with an understanding of the meaning of life, purpose in life and promise for the best life possible.  Isaiah contrasts the Word of God with the flower of the field.  His powerful statement simple says:

Isaiah 40: 8   The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever. [1]

When we look at the preceding verses, what we see is that the prophet provides and expanded analogy between flowers that have a given life cycle and the Word of God which promises to be with us in and out of season.

Isaiah 40: 6   A voice says, “Cry out!”

And I said, “What shall I cry?”

All people are grass,

their constancy is like the flower of the field.

7    The grass withers, the flower fades,

when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;

surely the people are grass.

8    The grass withers, the flower fades;

but the word of our God will stand forever. [2]

 

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. How is your sense of fulfilment connected to your faith in Jesus Christ?
  2. What has convinced you that the “Word of God” will stand forever?

 

Prayer:

Lord, build my faith.  In a world of competing dreams, competing promises and competing illusions, remind me that your Word is real, your grace is sufficient, your love is everlasting.  Lord, grant me a deeper sense of awareness of those things that matter most.  Help me to discern truth from fiction, reality from fantasy and dreams from destiny.  Lord, today I recommit myself to you.  Today I pledge my loyalty.  Today I walk without fear, witness for you with an energy that will not tire, and a faith that only grows.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray.  Amen.

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III “Flowers in Battery Park New York”

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Is 40:8). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Is 40:6–8). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.