In 1 Peter Chapter 1, the author uses the word (perish or perishable) six times. Now, if I was writing a letter and I really wanted to get a point across I believe repetition would be my tool. So I am going to assume this was a deliberate choice by our author.
I think it’s because a lot of us live our lives for perishable things: Perishable pleasures, pursuits, material possessions, etc. What Peter seems to be saying here is that you are selling yourself short. You can and do have so much and you are settling for so little.
Why, after tasting the goodness of God, do we turn to other things? I myself embraced the goodness of God because all other things fell short. Nothing filled me in such a way that I was ever whole. Nothing made by the world makes sense. All of a sudden, Christ entered my life and things started falling together and I feel His goodness and plan for my life. I have a purpose, a passion, a fire and zest for life I have never had before. It was as if all my life I ate corn dogs and all of a sudden my taste buds were introduced to Thai food. Let’s be honest… when have corn dogs ever been a legitimate substitute for Thai food? NEVER! In the same way nothing in this world will ever be a substitute for our relationship with God.
I think verses 24-25 say it well:
“For, All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord stands forever.”
As long as we try to be fulfilled by the perishable things of this world, we will never be fulfilled. We will move from one “field” to another searching, groping for the next thing to get us through. God, Christ, the Holy Spirit and His word to us are like streams in a desert to our parched souls.
Many men have attacked His word, have brought issue with it and have tried to disprove and de-rail the Bible, attack Christ, the truth is they are gone… God’s word is still here. The Bible has outlived it’s Paul bearers.
Where does your faith stand, with the perishable or imperishable? I think we all need to take an honest, critical look at our lives and do some “spring cleaning” in our souls.