God’s Constancy

For I am the Lord, I do not change;                                               
Malachi 3:6a

 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

                                                Hebrews 13:8

 

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have wreaked havoc in less than 30 days of each other. In that same timeframe, three sizable earthquakes have shaken Mexico, and a war of angry words and threats has escalated between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. And this is just in the month of September! And in the midst of all of these scene-grabbing headlines, violence and abuse and life-threatening diagnoses still happen, sometimes at breakneck speed, over and over and over.

 

As the news stories come, unbidden at times, we are shown the anguish of the victims of these horrific events, and we are overwhelmed at the magnitude of the suffering. We feel guilty because we dodged the proverbial bullet that struck someone else, and we feel helpless at the mounting pandemonium that surrounds us.

As the storms of chaos howl around us in deafening tones, goaded by an enemy who hates God and will do what he can to hurt God’s children, we look to the One who is constant, the One whose presence is assured, the One “who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8b). God is with us, and His promises are true. He tells that He will never leave or forsake us, and we cling to the hope and security that this provides. God is immutable—He is unchanging over time; He is constant.

 

Oh, what comfort that provides—Amen?

 

Prayer Requests

  • For the victims of the natural disasters that have hit us so deftly
  • For the confidence to declare that God is in control, no matter what happens
  • For His healing hand on those in our church family and extended church family
  • For us to seek to be used for His Kingdom and glory

 

I had the blessing of sharing the devotional linked below today in Sunday School. A couple of people asked for it specifically; Pat Yarian suggested that I include a link in this devotional so that others may read it. I pray that you are blessed by it. Thank you, Pat, for the suggestion!

https://www.growingchristians.org/devotions/controlled-circumstances/

 

Quotes

 

“Pray, not until God hears you, but until you listen to God.”

 

“It’s funny because we ask God to change our situation, not knowing He put us in the situation to change us.”