There is an old saying that starts ‘You’re only as old as you feel.’ When I was a child I remember feeling as though every adult was so old. When I was a teenager I thought every adult was so uncool. When I became a young adult, I thought I had it all together and knew it all. Now I realise that life changes, perspectives change, needs and wants change. So I ask myself, how old do I feel? Which probably changes from day to day.
Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:24 & 25
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
Peter is quoting Isaiah 40:6 & 8 to contrast our flesh verses God’s word. If we don’t have the right perspective when reading these verses we can miss the hope they proclaim.
First, the prophet through Peter tells us that the flesh is like the grass. He then goes on to say that the glory of the flesh is like the flowers of the grass. Why? Because the grass withers and the flowers falls. In the Golden Plains Shire, we know what it is to have grass one day and gone the next. In winter we might work hard and have green lawn, but as soon as summer hits that green lawn turns to dust. Yet this is how the Prophet Isaiah describes our flesh, its aging. We see the canola crops in the fields that spring up and flower then disappear. That is what our glory is like, as the old saying says ‘we get our 15 minutes of fame’. This seems pretty bleak, in fact Isaiah was instructed by God to cry because of this. Focusing on the flesh can make us feel spiritually old and insignificant with no hope or future.
But God’s word is forever, eternal and ageless. This is the good news, this is the hope that He brings. In light of John 1:1-4 & 14, we can see that Jesus our Lord remains forever, He is our hope and good news. Jesus makes this declaration about Himself in John 10:10
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
When we serve the flesh, it can make us feel old, stagnant and lifeless. The more we serve it the less satisfied we are. In Jesus is eternity, life and abundance which makes us feel young and hopeful. The more we serve Him the more satisfied we become.
How does your faith and relationship in Christ our Lord make you feel? Do you feel spiritually young or old? Seek Jesus.
In faith, hope and love
Steve and Cass Abram