How heartbreaking to see Notre Dame of Paris engulfed in flames! People in the streets sobbed. sang, and prayed as they watched the 250 feet flames rise in the skies. This iconic historical landmark meant so much to so many. It seems inconceivable that something that has solidly stood for almost nine centuries could fall prey to fire. This image of the cathedral no longer represents reality as the spire has toppled. The news story is so recent at this writing that the extent of the damage is not yet known.
Today’s verse is an incredible reassurance in the face of this bad news. The church of the living God does not consist of man-made materials. The structure is not the church. Though roofs, walls and spires may fall, the church continues. Truth continues. And the universal church is a pillar and buttress of truth. The pillars on the inside hold up the truth. The buttress jutting out on the exterior also support truth on the outside. Jesus said that the gates of hell will never prevail against the church He has built (Matt. 16:18).
God’s Church is where He resides and He has taken up residence in the hearts of believers (I Cor. 6:19). The church is made up of a believers in the past, present and future. Together, we are to stand for the truth in a world where the Deceiver is actively at work. The permanence of a building pales in comparison to the fact that God’s truth will prevail in the end!
Lord, keep me standing for the truth of Your Word.