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It’s so easy to get caught up in the temporal as we check off our to-do list each day. The purpose of this month’s Bible-marking topic is to remind us of the eternal, the the things that won’t perish with the earth. “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18). These Scriptures will keep us grounded and help us make sure our focus is where it needs to be. The things that endure forever are the things for which we should be thanking God. They are the things we should be discussing daily with our children. For a family devotional on this subject, you could start off with some questions:
1. What does it mean to endure forever?
2. Name some specific things that will not endure forever.
3. Why is it important to know the difference?
Things that Endure Forever- Psalm 111:3
“His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever.”
Underline “His righteousness” and circle “endures forever.” This psalm begins and ends with praise and in between are verses that give us many reasons we can praise God. We praise Him for his great work and compassion, and for His holy and awesome name. In addition, we see His everlasting nature in this psalm, and the first forever-trait is His righteousness. At the end of the verse, write v. 7,8 (we’re staying in the same psalm).
“The works of His hands are verity and justice; All His precepts are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.”
Underline “His precepts” and circle “stand fast forever and ever.” Precepts are commandments or instructions. They tell us how to act and live. No one enjoys being in an organization (or home) where the rules change based on the whims of those in charge. God’s precepts stand forever. At the end of the verse, write v. 10.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.”
Underline “praise” and circle “endures forever.” You might enjoy going through this psalm and noting the reasons God deserves our praise. We can praise Him forever because those reasons will last forever! At the end of the verse, write Ecc. 3:14.
“I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.”
Underline “whatever God does” and circle “shall be forever.” God’s omnipotence is seen in the everlasting nature of His work. We just looked at Psalm 111 which describes the different ways God’s works are wonderful. Now we see that those very works shall be forever. At the end of the verse, write Isa. 40:8.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”
Underline “word of our God” and circle “stands forever.” Some may try to convince us that God’s Word is obsolete. Never believe it! At the end of the verse, write Jer. 31:3.
“The Lord has appeared of old to me saying, ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.'”
Underline “love” and circle “everlasting.” What could be more comforting than the knowledge that God’s love for us will never die? At the end of the verse, write 1 Pet. 1:23-25.
“Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because ‘All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.’ Now this is the word by which the gospel was preached to you.”
Underline “word of God” and circle “abides forever.” Then underline “word of the Lord” and circle “endures forever.” Peter quotes Isa. 40:8 and then adds that it also applies to the very gospel that’s been given to us. At the end of the verse, write Psalm 136:1.
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”
Underline “mercy” and circle “endures forever.” Oh all the things that the Bible says will endure forever, mercy is mentioned the most. Each verse in this psalm repeats this inspiring promise. This truth is also found in 2 Chron. 7:3, Psalm 100:5, and multiple times in Psalm 118. Thank God for His everlasting mercy!
As we look at the things that endure forever, we see that every single one of them has to do with God. His righteousness, precepts, praise, works, love and word will not fail or fade away. Do each of these enduring things play a significant role in our daily lives? Are they priorities in our families? As we focus on these enduring things, we will see less of the temporary clutter of life and more of the eternal.