Ever the Same
“And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail” (Heb. 1:10-12). “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Heb. 13:8).
So much of life is ever-changing. Some things change slowly and almost imperceptibly, and some things change suddenly and rapidly. Some changes are welcome and some are not welcome. Many changes come without our consent and some come about with our permission. There are changes that affect everyone, and there are some that affect only a few. There are some universal changes that affect no one.
There have been historical events that have changed the course of the world. The biblical account of a great flood brought about a momentous change. So did the tower of Babel. These events have changed the course of the world. These changes have established new cultures, new boundaries, and new civilizations. New powers and new governments came into being. Monarchs have risen and fallen. Freedoms have been gained and lost. Democracies have sprung up and have had vast influence on the ordinary people.
There also have been important religious changes taking place in the course of history. The most important of all changes was the change from the Old Testament to the New. A closed religion of the Hebrew people became an all-inclusive faith for people of all nations and time. This great change took place at Calvary. We could term this the Calvary change. This change meant that all people have equal right to the grace of God.
Some people are perplexed by changes taking place. The technology changes taking place are difficult to comprehend and sometimes difficult to adjust to. Some of the changes that age and time bring are also very hard to accept. For the elderly to accept the fact that they are losing their strength and vitality and their place in society, is a most trying change to accept. Aging brings inexorable changes to life. The peaceful attitude is to graciously accept these changes.
In spite of all the changes that are occurring, it is comforting that the Lord Jesus is ever unchanging. There is nothing in the character of the Lord that changes. The disposition of His righteousness, His grace, His truth, His might, His compassion, and His judgment are unchanging. The Lord will not retreat from His Word. It will always be sure.
Even though there are changes taking place in the creation, that does not mean that the Creator is changing. No natural and cultural changes are taking place without the Lord’s permission. God’s love and compassion are as sure as ever. His salvation is offered to all of this time. His pardon and peace are as sure as ever. One day God will fold up the universe as a vesture. His judgments and rewards will be as solid and real as first promised.
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