“For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.”
“They don’t make them like they used to,” is a familiar saying in the western world. In the olden days, appliances like fridges, freezers, and washing machines were designed and built to last for several decades without repair. Cars and trucks, once made of metal and durable, are now plastic and practically disposable. Many of us would like to see a return to the days when manufacturers designed their products to last. No matter how well we design and build our products, however, sooner or later they will all wear out and finally break down. This is the practical outworking of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states that in a closed system, the total amount of randomness and disorder will irreversibly increase over time. Everything put together falls apart. This applies not only to man-made objects but to the entire created order (Hebrews 1:10-12). As we get older, we find ourselves groaning in our failing earthly bodies, our “tabernacles” as Paul refers to them (2 Corinthians 5:1-4). Even we, it seems, are destined to be broken physically (Psalm 90:10; 2 Corinthians 4:16). Clearly, nothing created can provide us with lasting hope. Praise God, the Creator Himself has spoken, in the Scriptures and in the Person of His beloved Son, and has declared, with unmatched power and with unchallenged authority, that some things in His world are in fact unbreakable. The Scriptures themselves are unbreakable (John 10:35), and because God’s word reflects His perfect and unchanging character, we may be sure that His covenant promises are dependable and enduring as well (Hebrews 13:20). Having been “born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Peter 1:23), Christians are themselves unbreakable. Though we contend with many hard things in this life, our regenerated hearts and minds remain shatterproof and invincible. “For which cause we faint not;” wrote Paul, “but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day”
(2 Corinthians 4:16 cf Ephesians 3:16). The indomitable spirits of Christ’s redeemed are united, forming an invincible community of believers. “I will build my church” promised Jesus, “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Believing our Lord’s promises, and being strengthened by His resurrection power (Ephesians 1:18-20), our God has provided us with “everlasting consolation and good hope through grace.” May these things “comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).
God bless and encourage you today,