Tuesday 31 March 2020
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
When you first have children, you quickly learn the importance of establishing a routine and some structure in their lives. Meal times and nap times are sacred. It’s always three stories before bed and Mr. Bear must lie next to the pillow, or life just isn’t right. Children thrive in a routine. And when things change, when anything changes, they are quick to let you know that they don’t like it.
The same is often true for most of us as adults. We don’t like change either. We like things to be familiar and predictable. We like to know what to expect when we wake up each morning. But when life throws up changes what do we do?
We Trust in The God Who Never Changes
As we all encounter major changes both individually, and as the world around us continues to change. The truth is, there is one thing that never changes, the one thing that stays the same: our unchanging God. The Bible tells us that God never changes. “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6
What an encouragement for us all, Jesus is the same this week, as He was this week last year and in all the years before that, and will continue to be the same in the days, weeks and years to come. He is the one constant in life we can rely on, and trust, His promises are incredibly rich. So regardless of the problems there’s going to be a promise in the Bible to cancel it, conquer it, and carry you above it—one way or the other. So, find the promise that matches your problem, believe it, confess it, then praise God in advance for the manifestation. So, what’s changed?
God is still in control, His love is exactly the same, his promises over you are the same, yes our circumstances are different, our comfort has been disturbed, and we now can begin to understand, how life is for two thirds of the rest of the world where you have to do without something. CS Lewis the author of the children’s Narnia stories, was a very deep-thinking man, he wrote this.
“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
So maybe what needs to change is the way we view things, how we Trust, how we Pray, how we Care, how we Witness, maybe just maybe through trials discomfort and uncertainty we will grow in all these things.
2 Chronicles 20
"Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change."