God’s Word Shall Stand

God’s Word Shall Stand

There’s a recent hymn whose chorus sings, “God’s Word shall stand forever, the Bible shall prevail. God’s Word shall stand forever, it will never, never fail!”
 As we go through our lives, there are a great many things that will fall into memory. No matter what age you are, you can identify with this. If you’re from “the greatest generation,” you may remember the hardships of the Great Depression as my grandparents relayed to me. If you were born in the 50s and 60s, you might remember the peace and love era, and if you served in Vietnam, the harsh treatment and utter lack of respect shown by those same purveyors of “peace and love.” If you are from the 80s, things like the Commodore 64 and the true “floppy” disks might seem like ancient memories. Kids of the 90s played with Tomagachis and GameBoys, and kids from the 2000s remember the fads of fidget spinners and PokemonGo.
For as many things as come into our lives and so quickly pass right back out, we find ourselves in a constant state of adaption and change. There are many who purport that the Bible has to do the same: change with the times, and fit in with the culture. But the Bible is the one thing that transcends all times, and all cultures. It doesn’t have to “fit in” because it is timeless. As Psalm 119:160 puts it, “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.” God’s Word always has been and always will be true. No matter how much our culture pushes for truth to be relative, the only reality is that truth is true whether you “feel like” it is or not. 2+2 with ALWAYS equal 4. If you feel like it equals 6 today, feel whatever you want, but it still equals 4 no matter how you feel!
When we try to get the Gospel to mold into our culture, we diminish its transcendent truth. We, in essence, say, “If the Bible doesn’t fit my current ‘reality’, then it is the Bible that needs to change.” In thinking this way, we make the Bible a puppet of our own hearts, which we know to be “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked…”
Even in the case of Moses, who Deuteronomy 34 says was unparalleled as  a prophet in Israel, having met God face to face, we find that leadership and personnel change, but God’s word endures. Think of the leaders of Israel: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, then Joseph was sold into slavery, brought the children of Israel to Egypt for their salvation from starvation, then they were in slavery for over 400 years. Then there was Moses, Joshua, and then the men of Judah. You can find transitions of leadership both politically and spiritually all through the Old Testament, but one thing remains constant: God’s Word. It is always the authority no matter which king was on the throne, or which prophet was prophecying.
God’s Word has the power to heal the sick (Matthew 8:8), calm the seas (8:26-27), and even cast out demons (8:32). The Word has always had power and always will have power. So why do we limit the power of God’s Word by making it conform to the tiny box of our society? That’s like trying to take the power of a hurricane and putting it inside of a paper sack. Try as you might, that much power can never be contained by such a flimsy container. Similarly, the power of God’s Word far exceeds our society, our culture, our “reality.” So the next time someone talks to you about “contextualizing the Gospel,” just remember that no matter what context the Gospel is in, the Word of God doesn’t need to change, the Word of God is the power TO change!

For feelings come and feelings go,

And feelings are deceiving;

My warrant is the Word of God,

Naught else is worth believing.

God’s Word shall stand forever,

The Bible shall prevail;

God’s Word shall stand forever,

His truth can never, never fail.

Tho’ all my heart should feel condemned

For want of some sweet token,

There is One greater than my heart

Whose Word cannot be broken.

God’s Word shall stand forever,

The Bible shall prevail;

God’s Word shall stand forever,

His truth can never, never fail.

I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word

‘Til soul and body sever:

For tho’ all things shall pass away,

His Word shall stand forever.

God’s Word shall stand forever,

The Bible shall prevail;

God’s Word shall stand forever,

His truth can never, never fail.

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