But the word of the Lord stands forever. (1 Pet. 1:25)

THE WHITE TWO-STORY FARMHOUSE stands empty. Peeling green paint outlines jagged pieces of glass where curtained panes were once framed. The front door is ajar with a “No Trespassing” sign tacked to it. Weeds cover a desolate yard, some growing as high as the window ledge. Splotches of brown grass freckle the grayish stones in the gravel driveway. Abandoned. Forlorn. Silent. What could have happened to this home that now stands empty, its property vacated?

From the minute we are born, we begin to die. Our earthly bodies are not made to last forever. Just as the house I have driven by for the past twelve years has deteriorated over time, our bodies will also deteriorate and someday turn back to dust (Gen. 3:19).

However, the Lord never dies. Revelation 1:8 states, “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.'” God will never deteriorate. He will never decay. Not only will God never die, but His Word stands firm and is eternal (Ps. 119:89). God promises that His Word will never pass away (Matt. 24:35). If we trust in God’s Son and live in obedience to His Word, we receive the promise of eternal life. Our bodies may die but they will be resurrected, and our spirits will live forever.

Cling to God’s Word today and live in obedience to it.

Sheryl Baker lives in LaPorte, Indiana, and is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoys writing devotions that bring hope and encouragement to others.