Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV)
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Anyone that knows me understands that change is not my favorite thing. I should clarify, change for the sake of change is what I have a problem with. If I am able to see the benefit of said change, I am fine with it. But, overall, I really dislike change. In a world where change seems to be the latest and greatest buzzword, I am glad to read a verse like this. But, why is it important that we have a Lord that does not change?
Social norms, fashion styles, and sports rules are examples of things that change a lot. I remember having to buy the NFHS handbook each year to see which rules were changed so that I could coach appropriately. You would literally have to change everything you were accustomed to sometimes. It leads to disorganization and confusion. The same thing with social norms and fashion styles, let’s not get started on either.
Jesus on the other hand, is truly the same yesterday, today, and will be the same tomorrow. The guidance He offers through His Word is unchanging. It is comforting that the standards He sets will never change. We will never wake up and have to wonder if a particular sin is still sin, right and wrong have been set and will never change. This is comforting to a guy like me.
Not only does Jesus’ standards remain the same, so does His love for us. Ephesians 2:4–5 says...(4) But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, (5) even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)… Even when we were at our lowest point, God still loved us! If God loved us as sinners who were not even trying to live godly, what does that speak of the love He has for us now that we are actually trying?
In a world of constant change, we can depend upon our unchanging God! I take great comfort in that, I hope you live in that same comfort today, tomorrow and for the rest of your life.
James 1:17 (NKJV)
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.