"You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. For 'All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever.' That word is the good news that was announced to you" (1 Peter 1:23-25).
So many things in this life are temporary and changing. How powerful to be reminded that the good news of God's love and salvation endures forever. In his letter, Peter reminds the church that God's word lives and endures all the challenges and rearrangements of life. This month we have been studying the Bible. We often say that the Bible is "the word of God". Certainly that is true because through the scriptures God continues to speak to us. The message within the books and letters reminds us of God's invitation that we repent and turn towards him, that we can receive life eternal. Today, I invite us to remember that that the Bible is not the only "word of God". In fact when scripture talks about God's word, the scripture gives a wide variety of ways in which God speaks to us. In Genesis 1, the world comes alive as God's word speaks over creation. In the opening chapter of John's gospel, Jesus is called the "word made flesh." Jesus is the perfect and pure Word of God through which God spoke and speaks truth into our lives. When Peter speaks of the enduring and living word of God, I believe he is incorporating all the ways God has spoken and continues to speak.
This Wednesday, consider how God has spoken and is speaking to you. Does God give you clarity as you read the scriptures, nudge your conscience in situations, speak guidance or confirmation through a friend, get your attention through circumstances, and reveal truth through nature? God's word is alive and speaking. Are you listening?
Perhaps our prayer should be that of Samuel, "Speak Lord for your servant is listening."
Please keep in your prayers this week:
All those battling cancer.
Those who need strength for caregiving.
Those who are grieving.
For the Frederick Fair, to share the wonder of Agriculture and for participants to be safe.
For those whose schedules are making life overwhelming- for space to be claimed for Sabbath rest and joy.
For financial miracles in the lives of our people which will enable Mt. Carmel to pay down the mortgage, so that ministry can be maximized and allow New Market to invest in building upgrades which will enhance discipleship and community outreach.
For our pastors as they embark on writing a month of challenging sermons. For our congregation to grow and unite around our diverse understandings of scripture.