At the end of the month of March, the television showed Japan with its cherry trees in flower. After celebrating the beauty, people sat down below the trees, and the reporter affirmed that the show lasts only one and a half weeks.
This the apostle Peter has already affirmed in his letter:
1 Peter 1:24b-25a – The grass withers and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever. (NRSV)
This, says, Peter, "is the word that was preached to you". (1 Peter 1:25b NIV)
Why do people look so hopefully, but hopelessly, for that which doesn't have eternal value? Placing our hope in anything that does not last is to make a great mistake. Jesus tells us:
Matthew 24:25 – Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. (NIV)
Let us always remember that only the Word of the Lord has the promises of eternal life that have staying power. Let us not run behind things or goods that don't have value in eternity. How many kingdoms and empires have already passed into history? How many bosses, presidents, and sports or music idols are no longer remembered?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to look more and more for Your Word that lasts forever. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.