2004-05-25 - Thermodynamics
Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, yes and forever."
If you can recollect back to High School, I believe that the second law of thermodynamics is that everything tends to disorder. We can see this everywhere. Our bodies, as we get older, are obvious examples of this truth. The car we drive doesn't get newer as the years fly past, but rather more and more goes wrong. Everything changes, and this is true of almost everything we come in contact with. A house may last 100 years, but the paint chips, the rugs need replacing, the refrigerator goes, the heater goes, dust and grime build up in those hard to clean places, and so on. Things around us are in constant flux.
Where went the greatness of Job in one day? What of Solomon and all his glory? Did it last? Or consider Alexander the Great, the man of conquest, who died when he was poisoned. Change comes to us in an instant. Our very lives are simply the dream of a dream. They are present a short while and then we stand before the bar of God. The one certainty we experience is uncertainty.
There is only one who does not change, and that is God. Christians have called this attribute of God His immutability. God is the one that is unchanging amidst all else changing. Whatever changes occur in our lives, governments, and throughout the world, God is constant. He does not change. As we read Scriptures and commune with God, understanding His promises and threatenings, the truth of the immutability of God should comfort us. The same God who provided manna is our God. The same God who despises wickedness and smiles upon righteousness is our God today. The same God who said, "Let there be light," is our light unto salvation from sin in the atonement of Christ for His children. We ought to encourage each other with these things.
Soli Deo Gloria,
It is that time of year again. For a few years now I have entertained summer questions. I can never answer them all, but for the months of June, July, and August I hope to answer one question each Tuesday. So, I am soliciting questions. They can be on anything. In the past we have dealt with pornography, masturbation, suicide, doctrinal issues, and a host of other things. So anything is fair game. I never give out names or locations. So, if you tell me you are Fred from Iowa, you might become Jill from Mississippi. I never share these with anyone else, but I am working with the premise that if there is a question that you have, others might have it also.
I try to repeat or rephrase the question, answer it Biblically, and then apply it devotionally. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. The more concise the question, the more likely I will be able to use it. If the question requires a lot of background information, or is very long, I will not be able to work with it in the space of a typical devotional. I look forward to reading them. Please send them to me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) and don't simply hit reply. If you hit reply, someone will have to forward them to me, and that is a lot of work for them. Also, please put in the subject something like, "Summer Question." I get about 100 spam emails a day and if I don't recognize your email it might simply get deleted.