Our Bible verse for today: “The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of God remains forever.” Isaiah 40:8 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “The truth of the Bible is for everyone, in all places, at all times.”
I know a Christian man whose marriage is struggling and appears to be headed for a divorce. He explained to me that he and his wife have “irreconcilable differences” and after twenty years it seems to them that they would be better off separate rather than together. This is the second marriage for both of them. Both of their first marriages ended in divorce too.
I explained to the man that in a Christian marriage there is no such thing as “irreconcilable differences”. There are no problems that the Holy Spirit cannot lead them to resolve. Reconciliation is always possible. Besides that, their marriage problems don’t rise to the Biblical standard for divorce. Biblically they have no grounds for getting a divorce.
He responded that although standards for divorce may have been different in previous generations, in our culture today it is perfectly acceptable for couples to divorce for virtually any reason. “No-fault” divorce is quick and easy, common and acceptable.
That may be true, but cultural norms are not the standard by which faithful Christians govern their conduct. Christians are people of the Book. We live according to Biblical principles. And that’s true regardless of the culture we live in. God’s Word, and the principles He has established for His people to live by, apply to all people in all places at all times, regardless of culture, traditions, customs, geography, generations, or any other factor. The Bible is true all the time, for everyone.
This is what Isaiah meant when he wrote in Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of God remains forever.” The Apostle Peter repeated almost those exact words in the New Testament, in 1 Peter 1:25, “The grass withers, the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
Christian, don’t look to the culture for guidance about what’s right or wrong. Base your conduct and live your life according to God’s standards as given to us in the Bible. Make your decisions, especially the hard ones, on Biblical principles not cultural norms. For the people of God, God’s Word is the only truth that matters.