The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. – Isaiah 40:7,8
One of my main goals for 2014 is to read the Bible in its entirety for the 10th time in my young life. I am pleased to say that I am well on track with the goal that I have set, and as of this writing I will have completed reading Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and 1 Samuel. I have also read 118 of the 150 Psalms, and various portions of the New Testament.
As I read and ponder the scriptures, I am reminded of the words recorded in 1 Peter 1:24-25, “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” I am also reminded of the words of the Psalmist when he proclaimed, “For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations” (Psalm 100:5).
Each time I read the pages of the blessed volume my soul hungers to know more of His Word which is a “a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). And so, I strive to follow the admonition of the Apostle Paul, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15), thereby shunning “profane and vain bablings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker” (2 Timothy 2:16-17). By so doing I am able to echo the words of the Psalmist:
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will medidate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word (Psalm 119:11-16).
Every time I read from the pages of scriptures, I am forever amazed at how even though I have read all the passages several times, I still learn many new and wonderful things. I also find that my understanding of certain passages of scripture increases with each reading, and I have also discovered that as I enter into different seasons in my life, different passages begin to take on a whole new meaning as I learn to liken the scriptures unto myself.
There are some who may ask why I would repeatedly read the Holy Bible in its entirety. I answer their question with a question, “Why Not?” It is no mystery that I grow older with each passing year. I am as the scriptures clearly teach us, as the grass that withereth, and all of my glory (if there be any) is as the flower of the grass that soon fadeth away. The Good News, however, is that the “word of our God shall stand for ever” (see Isaiah 40:8) and “his truth endureth to all generations” (see Psalm 100:5).
I bear solemn witness and testimony that the Word of God never grows old. It is always fresh with new insights for all those who will take the time to read and feast upon its words. In the sacred name of Him whose Word is “a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (see Psalm 119:105), even the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.