Isaiah 28:4 “And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.”
There is nothing like the beauty of a flower. One of my mother’s favorite flowers was the rose. I can remember as a boy bringing my mom a rose and her taking it and putting it in a vase to display for all to see. Day by day I would look at that rose and begin to see it slowly die. The beauty and fragrance of that beautiful rose began to fade away until it was dead. What was once beautiful finally died, but its death did not take away the beauty of what it once used to be.
In the verse above, God talks about Ephraim and Jerusalem being a fading flower. God said that the strength and beauty of Ephraim was slowly fading away; the strength and beauty was fading away because they had strayed from God. In other words, Ephraim got used to what God was doing for them and they allowed what He did for them to get old; therefore, Ephraim looked for something different to their own demise.
Sadly, I see people who let the good in their lives become a fading flower. Church members join a church and see the beauty of the church when they first come, but they got used to what God was doing in that church, and the beauty of the church became a fading flower. Many couples who first got married saw the beauty of their relationship, but when familiarity set in, their relationship became a fading flower. Many believers have allowed their salvation to become a fading flower because they got used to being saved. Keeping the beauty of everything you have in life from becoming a fading flower can only be accomplished by character. Let me share a couple of thoughts that can help you keep what you have from becoming a fading flower.
First, don't forget the excitement of the first. Don't forget what you saw when you first came to your church. Don't forget what you felt like the first time you started dating or even got married to your spouse. Don't forget what you felt like when you first got saved. Don't forget what it was like when you first read the Scriptures and understood them for the first time. Don't forget what it was like to lead your first person to Christ. To keep the flower from fading with what you have, you must always keep reminding yourself of the first time you had it.
Second, don't let familiarity cause your flower to fade. Many lose the excitement of what they have because of familiarity. Familiarity causes us to see the frailty of what we have, but it shouldn’t take away the beauty of what we first saw. Just because you have learned the weaknesses of a relationship because of familiarity does it mean that you should let its beauty fade in your life.
Third, work on the beauty every day as if it was the first time you saw it. The key to keeping a marriage strong is for both couples to keep trying to win their spouse over every day. The key to keeping your church exciting is to stay enamored with what God is doing through it by working in the harvest as you did when you first came. You can always see another “flower” at a distance and think it is more beautiful, but it has its flaws just like the one you have right now. If you will stop looking for something new, you can enjoy the beauty and excitement of what God has given you.