1996-06-25 - Our Never-Changing God
Change, change, change.
Living in Atlanta, I'm only too well-aware of changes every day! Good ones, bad ones. New stadium going up. My ramp to school closed. Sidewalks disappearing overnight, due to "progress" for the Olympics. <g> New Ministry Center at church. New president in Israel. New celebrities -- let's see, who has their "15 minutes of fame" right now? : ) Powerful leaders resign due to sometimes politics, sometimes wrong behavior on their part. Computer technology -- whew! We "need" Pentium. We "need" Windows 95. We "need" AOL's 3.0. Marriages end. : ( (Note here: I believe that 99% of marriages can be saved if work is done.) Friendships end or change. We are transferred to a new job location Get the picture? : )
Isn't it nice to know that there is Someone Who never changes? Someone Who is always loving, just, dependable -- Jesus Christ. He never changes: Heb 13:8 (NIV) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
When relationships, jobs, situations in our lives seem overwhelming -- seem to swirl over us like a big wave, we need to remember that God is always there. He is always the same; we can count on Him. He will never let us down:
Psa 62:2 (NIV) He alone is my Rock and my salvation; He is my Fortress, I will never be shaken. If we access His strength, His resources, we will never be shaken. Of course, being human as we are, we will try to depend on ourselves or on others. Then we will be shaken. God uses our friends; He never meant for us to live the Christian life alone, without fellowship. But even the very best of friends -- and I have been blessed with some very good ones -- but even the best can let us down. But God never will.
And His word is the same forever, also. He won't change the rules on us in mid-stream. Our culture has a way of changing its idea of "right and wrong." When I was growing up, there was a general sense of "right and wrong, even among nonbelievers." Now there is "relativity" in some places. Of course in some ways, this has been true for thousands of years:
Judg 17:6 (NIV) In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.
However, God's Word will always be the same:
Mat 24:35 (NIV) Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
When we face the changes in our lives, may we remember the unchanging Lord Whom we serve.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the NASB unless otherwise noted.