Monday, February 15, 2016

Pastor's Ponderings, February 15, 2016

Thank God, He Never Changes!

Heraclitus of Ephesus, born in 535 BC, was a Greek philosopher, who wrote, “Everything changes and nothing stands still.”  If that were true, it would be a confusing time for everyone.  Sadly, that is true.  One cannot truly depend upon friends, family, or even oneself.  You may remind a person what they promised last year and they may reply, “Then is then, now is now.”

Religions, doctrines, people and philosophies change.  Recently scientists found that even space and time, from Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity…”are interwoven and dynamic, able to stretch, shrink and jiggle.” But God never changes.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  His words, His laws, and His rules that He pronounced ages ago are still good today and will be good tomorrow (Psalm 119:89-91).

What does that mean for us?  It means that we can have total confidence that He will do for us whatever He has promised even though years may pass by (Numbers 23:19).  He is not wishy-washy or a procrastinator.  His reply to us concerning what He has promised to us is “Yes” and “Amen” (2 Corinthians 1:19-20).   Let us rejoice knowing that we have a sure, constant and consistent God that will always keep His promises (Isaiah 55:11).

Hebrews 13:8
Amplified Bible (AMP)
Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever.

Psalm 119:89-91
New International Version (NIV)
89 Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.
91 Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.

Numbers 23:19
New International Version (NIV)
19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

2 Corinthians 1:19-20
New International Version (NIV)
19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.”
20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

Isaiah 55:11
New International Version (NIV
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

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