To say 2020 has been a whirlwind year is an understatement. Nobody could have imagined that we would have our lives changed so completely because of a virus. Everything changed so rapidly and affected rich and poor, black and white communities, children and adults, elderly, healthy and frail people. For the first time in my lifetime everyone was facing the same situation: not knowing what tomorrow might bring and the constant flow of information telling us all was changing and we were all doomed.
At this point you might be tempted to close this post and move on to something else. Please bear with me. A few months ago in our church, we studied the attributes of God with a group of ladies and there is one in particular that I have been thinking about during these uncertain times: God’s immutability or the fact He is unchangeable.
The Bible tells us our God is unchangeable – He is the same today, yesterday and forever. What a comfort that is for those who know Him and put their trust in Him. When all around us seem to be crumbling down we need to look to the Bible and be reminded of this great truth that our God is unchangeable. His love is the same, His promises are the same, His plan is the same and His character is the same. Here are some verses that have encouraged me through this time:
In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. Psalm 102:25-25
No matter what is happening around us, how we feel, what the government is saying, or how our circumstances have changed: God remains the same. That means I can come to Him how I am: broken, shaken, unsure, scared, happy or confident. I can come to the throne of Grace knowing my God is unchangeable. He loves me and has promised to be with me each day. I can be confident that all He has promised in His Word, the Bible, is true.
Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you. Psalm 119:89-91
I know that even as I write this post I do not know what will happen tomorrow. I can’t predict how the changes which humans are putting in place will impact my life and my family but I can know for sure that God’s purposes will endure forever.
The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Psalm 33:10-11
Even though I still have to remind myself every day that God loves me and He is in control of all of the Universe, I want to encourage you to look to His Word to find comfort and hope. I pray that I can say with confidence:
I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong,
upright and just is he. Deuteronomy 32:3-5
Have a wonderful week.