Withering Away, by Bud Hance
1 Peter 1:24-25 (NKJV)
24 because “ All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the LORD endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you"
Here the apostle Peter quotes from Isaiah 40:6-8, reminding us as believers that everything in this life - possessions, accomplishments, people - will all eventually fade away and disappear. Only God's will, Word, and work are permanent. We must stop grasping at the temporary and focus our time, money, and energy on the permanent - the Word of God and our new, eternal life in Jesus Christ.
The doctrine delivered by God concerning Christ endures forever, having, at all times and in all seasons, the same excellence and the same effectiveness. It is unmoved, fixed and permanent. Amidst all the revolutions on earth, the fading glories of natural objects, and the wasting strength of man, his truth remains unaffected. Its beauty never fades; its power is never deprived of strength. The gospel system is as beautiful now as it was when it was first revealed to man.
In view, then, of the truth stated in the close of this passage, 1 Peter 1:24,25, let us learn always to reflect on our feebleness and frailty. "We all do fade as a leaf," Isaiah 64:6. Our glory is like the flower of the field. Our beauty fades, and our strength disappears, as easily as the beauty of the flower that grows up in the morning, and that in the evening is cut down, Psalms 90:6. There is not an object of natural beauty on which we pride ourselves that will not decay; and soon all our pride and pomp will be laid low in the tomb.
But amidst these changes which beauty undergoes, and the desolations which disease and death spread over the world, it is comforting to know that all is not so, There is that which does not change, which, never loses its beauty. "The word of the Lord" abides. His great and wonderful promises, his assurances that there is brighter and better world, remain amidst all these changes.