Change is Constant (with One Exception)
Summer is in full swing and with that so is an increase in constant change. Our routines aren’t as routine as they normally are – there is VBS, summer camp, swim lessons, play dates, home improvement projects, doctors’ appointments and vacations. I’m consistently watching my calendar to make sure that I not only know what’s coming up, but that I can plan for it appropriately. As fun as all these activities are, it can feel like my head is spinning at times in trying to keep up with the constant change.
The one exception to constant change is God. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever”. What a relief to know that as much as life has, is and will continue to change that we have one constant, one firm foundation in God’s character and nature.
When I think about the attributes of God that don’t change, I’m reassured to know that:
God values rest – In a world that is constantly on the go and never seems to shut off, God places an emphasis (and even commands rest). We see examples in the Old and New Testament of God showing priority to rest as part of our routines in life. (Exodus 20:8-10)
God loves me – immensely. He cares about me and takes delight in me. (1 Peter 5:7 and Zephaniah 3:17)
God forgives me - I mess up and miss the mark. But I can trust and rely on God’s mercy and forgiveness. (1 John 1:9)
God is sovereign - When I start to feel the weight of the world on my shoulder, I pause to remember that God is sovereign. He reigns above it all. (Ephesians 1:11)
God can be trusted – Life can throw some really complicated situations at us. And the volume of decision (small and large) that we have to make seem to never end. But to know that God has our best interests at heart and knows the plan allows me to trust in His guidance and direction. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed by the changes happening in your life as well. Or maybe things are just moving at too fast of a pace. I hope you find peace in reflecting on the fact that despite it all, you can lean on and rest in God’s never-changing nature.