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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

God Never Changes

God Never Changes
The world is changing all around us.  Nothing ever stays the same.  Take a moment to think about the changes you have experienced in your own life, whether recently or in the past. All of us have been through many changes.  And, there will many more changes to come in the future.
For our own feelings of hope and security, we need something or someone who will not ever change in the midst of life’s obstacles.  I Corinthians 7:31 says: “For this world in its present form is passing away.” (NIV)
The good news today is that:
God never changes. In Malachi 3:6, God says, “I the Lord do not change.” (NIV)  Everything around us changes, but God does not.  He is still the same God who spoke the world into existence, created us in His image and longs for a relationship with us. Our God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is still the same God. He does not change.
God’s love never changes.  John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (NIV)  “For the Son of God came to seek and to save what was lost.”  Luke 19:10 (NIV) God made a provision for us to have everlasting life.  His name is Jesus!
The Christian life is a continuous process.  When we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we are like a baby.  We first learn to roll over; then sit up; then crawl; and finally we learn to walk.  We are wobbly at first until we have some practice at walking.  Sometimes we fall and hurt ourselves, landing in the mud and getting dirt all over us.  But Jesus is always there to clean us off, help us to get back up and begin walking with him again.   
God is constantly teaching us. God’s Word is alive.  The more we look to God’s Word for answers, the more He will teach us.  “For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)  Through our faith in Jesus Christ, we begin to trust in what we believe but cannot see.  “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
God allows himself to be seen.  We may not be able to see God as He is, but if we look around, we can see His character and love for us.  For example, we see Him through nature—through the beauty of His created world.  We have only to look at certain landmarks such as the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls and know that these natural wonders were formed by a Creator who is much more powerful than we could ever imagine.  We see God in the miracle of a baby’s birth.  We also have been given the ability to love others just as Christ loves us.
In his book entitled, Safe in the Shepherd’s Arms, Max Lucado refers to God as follows:  “Though He creates, He was never created.”  “Though He makes, He was never made.”  “Though He causes, He was never caused.”  Psalm 90:2 says, “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.”  (NIV) Before time existed, He was.
God is not limited as we are.  God is not limited by a human body, time as we know it, or a narrow picture of our life.  He sees the big picture.  Psalm 139:7-8 says, “Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” (NIV)  God’s Spirit is everywhere!  He is limitless!!
God has no fear; therefore, He is able to calm ours.  We go through all types of trials in this life that tend to make us fearful.  We have issues with our self-worth, past hurts, bitterness, anger, broken relationships, present health condition, and on and on.  One scripture that has always brought me comfort is the following: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
We do have a God who will be our Shepherd—His name is Jesus.  He is big enough to rule this mighty universe, but small enough to live within our hearts in the form of His dear Holy Spirit.  Aren’t you thankful that even though the world is changing God never changes!  He is the only constant in our lives.  He is our anchor.  He is our hope.  He is our peace.   

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