Having been a lifelong fan of flights of rhetorical splendor, I was moved by the following run concerning the Bible, by former U.S. Senator and Governor of Iowa, Albert Baird Cummins:
"The empire of Caesar is gone; the legions of Rome are smoldering in the dust; the avalanches of Napoleon hurled upon Europe have melted away, the prince of the Pharaohs is fallen; the pyramids they raised to be their tombs are sinking every day in the desert sands; Tyre is a rock for bleaching fisherman's nets; Sidon has scarcely left a wreck behind; but the WORD OF GOD still survives: All things that threatened to extinguish it have only aided it; and it proves every day how transient is the noblest monument that men can build, how enduring is the least Word that GOD has spoken."
The meaning of the above being to grasp the truth that God’s word is a more reliable gauge of successful living, and dying, than the grandest accolades offered by the entire world.
If/when, money, fame, position and even human love fades, the genuine nature of God’s Word will provide a pillow of comfort while the severest storm rages through the darkest night. When the pleasure of fame, of financial comfort vanishes, Christ’s words remain rock solid.
1 Peter 1:23, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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