Hurricanes and floods. Droughts and famines. Fires. Earthquakes. Melting ice caps. We often talk about the things of this world being temporal, but what about the world itself? It is so tempting to look at the world for our strength and confidence. But look at what God says about this world in 2 Peter 3:10, “The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.” We know the danger of putting our trust in the things of this world. Maybe it’s a little harder to see how often we put our trust in the actual world itself. When we look for a type of “heaven” on this earth, we will always be disappointed.
Thankfully, God doesn’t leave us with just this world. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” Mark 13:31. This is the beautiful promise God gives not only to us but for us to share because in God’s Word we see Jesus. We see grace personified. We see forgiveness. We can’t find that anywhere else. It’s not found in the majestic mountains, the expansive oceans, or even the boundless universe. And it’s not destroyed by wind, wave, fire, or any other natural disaster this world might endure. No, we find salvation in Christ alone and we find Christ in God’s Word. “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ" (Romans 10:17).
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