ATB10 What Stands

We are in it would seem a time and period whereby it is the rule and not the exception that all things are by definition judged and valued on the basis of what is seen and not known. The old adage that “beauty is only skin deep” these days it would seem has given away to a new adage that “beauty via design is that which defines.”

So many are searching, searching for that whose glitter attracts and says to them that I am the truth and the light.  Glitter whose allure shines brightly and promises to fulfill a void and empty space. Searching perhaps for that which satiates a hunger for acceptance, or even that which quenches a thirst for happiness. Where to go, or even where or what to turn to seemly is that which on a daily basis appears to be at the forefront of the thoughts and actions of many people.

And yet far too often, glitter promised becomes glitter that fades. The pursuit and eventual acquisition of that which glitters far too often results in the realization that “all that glitters is not gold.” So then what to do and more importantly where do you turn?

In this life, while on the journey of our Christian walk, we too as well will find ourselves looking for and seeking after that which is ultimately real.  Searching for that which isn’t just for a season but over the course of a lifetime provides us with that  needed sense of completion. Completion by virtue of what is real, and that which is real being most of all sustainable.

While it would seem that the majority of this world seemly searches in vain for that which is real, we as Christians know that from the very beginning, even before the foundation of the world itself was established, it was declared that though the grass may wither, and the flowers may fail, the word of God endures forever. 

The word of God, the very promises of God are absolute, and they are from everlasting to everlasting, from our very beginning until our very last day.   Isaiah 55:11 declares that his word that goes out of his mouth will not return to him empty, and that it will accomplish what he desires and will achieve the purpose for which he sent it.  His promises never come up empty.  It has been said that he is not a man that he should lie, nor are his ways our ways.

God’s promise to those who are believers is that he will supply all of our needs.  Thus as believers we are called to hold fast to that need to be content in any and all situations.  His greatest promise is to always be there for us.  And in times in which that which does glitter is at best transitory, may we as the body of Christ continue to know that we know that we have in God one who’s word is inexhaustible, unwavering and absolute to those that he calls his own.

To God Be the Glory

Alan T. Black



About dupree73

I was raised and grew up in the United Methodist Church. While I do proudly embrace my background and personal history within the United Methodist Church, I do feel that ultimately what is important is not the denomination that you are a part of. What matters most is the relationship that you have with the Lord. Part and parcel to any relationship is the level of commitment that one makes to it. With any and all relationships they are going to take time to grow. Through the years if I were to describe my relationship with the Lord using one word it would be “transformation.” Continuing to grow daily in my walk with the Lord, and as well continue to display the fruits of his spirit daily is for me what my life is all about. Frankly for these times, my attitude and belief is that the world is looking at those who are Christians to see if in fact their talk does indeed match their walk. As for me, my goal is to on a daily basis to be that individual who by virtue of their talk and their walk is by nature “peculiar.” If then by chance this way of living does indeed glorify the Lord, then my life indeed is destined to make a difference.
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