Changes and God’s constancy
I’m sure that life has changed for you as much as it has for us. If someone had talked about social distancing 6 months ago, we would have given them a funny look. And yet ever so quickly schools, offices, shops and even churches were required to close. And this not just here, but world wide. Every country in the world has been affected in some way. Ways of life have had to change.
But throughout all this, there has been something that has not changed. God and his love for us. In Hebrews 13:5-8 we are reminded of what God said to Joshua before he led the Israelites into the promised land. ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’.
That we can be confident that the Lord is my helper. But the best thing is that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, forever. Jesus who with lots of people trying to get his attention, didn’t shoo the children away, but encouraged them to come to him. Who in the middle of a storm went and found his disciples whose boat was almost sinking. He had time for the outcasts of society, no matter who they were, where they came from, or the risks to himself. And he is still the same today. He still cares and wants to help. Just like Peter, as he sank into the stormy lake, we just need to ask him to help, to save us.
We can see God’s care for the world when we look at things around us. In Luke 12:22-28, Jesus speaks of the Ravens. They don’t have stores, shops, barns or anything like that. Yet they have food to eat. And if you look in the garden, you might have some flowers growing. Jesus mentions how the lilies grow. God has made sure that they are clothed in something more beautiful, better than anything that King Solomon with his wisdom and wealth ever had. Yet flowers only last a short time. God cares about them enough to do that. How much more then, do you think he cares and is interested in your well-being?
A fitting conclusion for this month’s thought is the following verse and chorus;
I do not know what lies ahead,
the way I cannot see;
yet One stands near to be my guide,
He’ll show the way to me:
I know who holds the future,
and He’ll guide me with His hand;
with God things don’t just happen,
everything by Him is planned.
So as I face tomorrow,
with its problems large and small,
I’ll trust the God of miracles,
give to Him my all.
I do not know how many days
of life are mine to spend;
but One who knows and cares for me
will keep me to the end:
Andy & Hannah Rogers, Young Christians’ Camp