The Exhorter

Here to Stay

Things change. Eventually, things even go away.

Sometimes, they are insignificant things, like VHS tapes or tan colored M&M’s. Other times, however, they are terribly important things, like health or loved ones. Losing things from this second category causes us far more pain than being deprived of insignificant things, and yet, we still ultimately find ourselves unable to prevent those painful losses. Sure, we have our ways and methods to delay or postpone this loss in some situations, but in the end, we are powerless to keep things on this earth from going away. The fact is…the things of this world go away sooner or later, no matter how we feel about it.

However, the Bible tells us that there are some things that won’t ever go away.

For example, Jesus tells us that He won’t go away. In Heb. 13:5 we’re told,
“Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, now will I ever forsake you.’” How incredibly comforting is it to know that even though we live in a transitory world, the care and concern of our Savior is constant? Without that assurance, how could we ever truly be content with what we have? We know material things will not last – that we cannot take them with us when we die. But, if we live a faithful life, Paul describes how the Lord will be with us, even in death: “…I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

The Lord also tells us that His word will endure. Notice what He says in John 12:47-48: “And if anyone hears My sayings, and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.” Human wisdom comes and goes, but the word of the Lord endures forever. Skeptics have tried to destroy the word of God for centuries, but it has not gone away.

Finally, the scriptures also tell us that for those who belong to the Lord, their very lives will endure. Sure, just like tan M&Ms, someday we’ll be gone from this earth. Unless the Lord comes in our lifetime, our earthly bodies will fail, and we will die at some point. But, remember what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:1: “For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house in torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” For those in the Lord, death is not an end, but the beginning of an eternity.

So yes, things on earth change, and eventually even go away. The Lord, His word, and His people, however, will never go away. Let’s set our sights on these things…the things that are here to stay.

-Alan Wilemon