Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth and it stands fast. Psalm 119:90
The oldest thing I own is a cradle that dates back in my family to around 1780. Before our daughter was born in 1979, a friend and I stripped it and refinished it. My husband, Ron, repaired some spindles and fortified some slats. It rocked both our children. It still exists today and has rocked my two grandsons as well as our family’s cats. In light of how old antiques can be, I supposed 1780 isn’t that impressive. European antiques can date back many more centuries.
The fact that a chair, table, or cradle, made by men’s hands, still exists today and is still functional isn’t very impressive when compared to the durability of our planet earth. Most of what men makes erodes over time. Its components are not permanent. God, however, made our planet, touched it with life, set its courses in motion, and hung it permanently in the sky. However old the earth is, it still works. It feeds us, keeps us alive, and is stable in its orbit. God’s faithfulness and power are still the major storyline in the plot of our planet even though it groans for ultimate redemption.
Only God’s hands create something permanent; something trustworthy for us and our descendants, but it goes far beyond that. What comes out of God’s mouth is also eternal. The age of the earth serves to remind us of His promises that also know no end.
What kind of WORD can I pass down to my children – that they can tell their children – that will be found true and trustworthy 500 hundred years from now? Only the Word of God. When I hug my grandchildren and tell them that God loves them, will always love them, and will be a loving, caring Father their whole life, I give them a message that outlives every family antique. They will test it, tell their children the same good news, and in eternity, we will share similar stories around a banquet table. No matter who the person to our right is and when he lived His life, his testimony of God’s faithfulness will have the same ring as my story. Enoch’s experience of God’s character will match the experience of my father and mother. God is unchanging.
What is God establishing in my life today? Whatever it is, it will last forever because He is the builder.
I stand on my Rock today and trust that You are my everlasting foundation. I feel the joy of being part of your everlasting story. Amen