“And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” (I John 2:17, ESV)
I recently came across some boxes I’d stored in my basement. Sorting through them was long overdue. As you can imagine, many things went straight into the trash, but some made the “keep” stack. Among the items in one box was a newspaper from fifty-plus years ago. It was an article about friends who were leaving our area to become missionaries. The paper, now yellowed and fragile, brings back good memories of a precious family. It went in the keeper stack.
The newspaper, like everything else we own, will eventually disintegrate. Nothing in this life is permanent. Yes, I have a few items owned by my grandparents and some photos that may be more than one hundred years old, but those things will not last forever. That’s why in my morning Bible reading the word forever caught my attention. I began to think of the many forever verses in the Bible. In fact, one of those forevers is God’s Word. It will never pass away. It is eternal and true.
- “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8, NKJV).
- Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89, NKJV).
The more I read, the more I searched, I found other wonderful forever promises in Scripture.
- “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8).
- “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever” (I Chronicles 16:34).
I cannot overlook the amazing promise of life forever with the Lord.
- “And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (I John 2:17, NKJV).
If someone has proven themselves unfaithful, our God is forever faithful. If someone’s love has faded, God’s forever love will never fade away. If we are sick, God is forever our healer. If we face an uncertain future, God is forever our Guide. He is forever our Rock, Provider, Protector, Comforter, Savior. He is forever our everything.
I don’t know about you, but in a world filled with uncertainty and turmoil, the forever promises of God’s Word remind me that an eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing God is in control of my life. He offers me eternal hope. I find no uncertainties with God.
Hold fast to God’s forever promises
Thank You, Lord, for Your everlasting love and faithfulness. You have always been there for me. You always will be there for me. Forever!