Forever The Same

Saturday, June 29, 2002

Genesis 8:22 – As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. (NIV)

As I walked around the block recently, it occurred to me, as someone who is closer to the end than the beginning of life, how I have changed my horizons.

I have always prepared, planned ahead, and looked to the future, but now, I find that I appreciate the constant and the good in the present far more than I did in the earlier years of my life. Then I seemed "indestructible", but now I find that I am more prone to breaking. I used to be always looking to tomorrow, but now I know that the future can be changed by what happens today.

My understanding of God has also changed since I was sixteen, but I know that He is still the Creator Spirit who moved across the waters in the beginning. I believe He will still be there to roll up the heavens and earth at the end of time itself. He is a constant, like gravity, a rule that I take for granted, by which I live out my daily existence. Without God's influence in me, I would no longer be the Me that I am used to being!

Things that I used to feel were impossible today, I have found that, by rest and prayer, tomorrow, or soon after, God will show me how to overcome, or provide a change of heart within me to go through them.

So it should be in all things we attempt, because sometimes we fail, for a time, to see Jesus with us in what life brings us day by day. However, more importantly, we look to see His influence within us, because, even when we cannot see it, we know He is with us.

Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (NIV)

Matthew 10:28 – Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (NIV)

Prayer: Lord, we rejoice that you have always been the same. You are always there, as we come to you in the name of Jesus. Have mercy on us and forgive us the past, so that we can know your presence with us today and on into our future. Amen.

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