TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• They say people change as they get older. I know this to be true. In my earliest memories, I remember my grandfather, kind as he was, being a very short-tempered man while my grandmother was very mellow. As they got older and after my grandfather retired, they switched. Papo became a docile teddy bear, and Mamo became a pistol.
The world is changing too. We’ve reached a place in our society where everything about our lives, including our once-private healthcare, is expected to be public domain. Social media pressures us to document our most mundane moments through selfies, and since everyone wants to be an Influencer, we write/post soliloquies when we have moments of high emotions (both the good and the bad). Social media celebrates the “I am enough” concept, and everyone is a psychiatrist with pearls of wisdom they want to bestow on their corner of the world.
As I get older, I’m noticing changes in myself, too. I’m finding, especially in the last couple of years, I’m becoming more private. Maybe it’s an act of rebellion because I am worn out by this world’s intrusiveness.
It’s through this change in myself that I’ve noticed myself internalizing more and more. While I’ve long treated My Grace-Full Life as a kind of faith diary that I invite others to read, I’m not quite as “open-book” as I was when I started.
I guess I’ve become jaded by the world’s demands. Plus, we are all well aware that people put their best face forward on social media. They don’t generally post things to put themselves in a negative light, though there are those (and we all know someone!) who loves to air all their drama for the world to see. They seem to thrive on it. Personally, I don’t know where they get the emotional energy to do it.
At the end of the day — the only thing that matters… the only thing I must share… is my faith. Yes, certain personal anecdotes can help illustrate how God is working in my life… but those aren’t about me! Those are about Him! And those — I’ll happily share.
While we will always deal with personal changes as well as changes in the world, isn’t it nice to know that God never changes?! Hebrews 13:8 leaves no ambiguity about it — “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” What I love about that is not only the consistency of who Jesus is… but it also means that the morality of His message and the wisdom of His teachings are also rock-solid, never changing.
It’s so opposite of this world where the goal post is constantly changing. What gets you celebrated today gets you canceled tomorrow, depending on the ever-shifting winds of politicians, media, and woke-mob mentality.
But knowing Jesus is consistent is a balm to my weary soul… I’m so over this mess in the world, but I know my Jesus will always be dependable. I know He will always keep His Word. I know He means what He says. I know He is who He says He is. The Bible (especially in Psalms) often refers to God as a Rock or a Fortress. And that’s a description I embrace as the world grows more unstable by the day.
If you’re like me, and just exhausted by the world’s blatant hypocrisy and inconsistencies, rest in the truth of Jesus, knowing that while things change, He never does… because He was, He is, and he always will be the perfect, sinless Savior of the world.
He doesn’t need to change.
Today, as you pray, thank God for His consistency. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you focus on the rock-solid truth of Jesus when you’re frustrated by the ever-changing world.
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