Saturday, January 12, 2008

New and The Unchanging

Volume 3, Issue 1
New and the unchanging

Out with 2007, in comes 2008 - a new year. With each New Year comes change: new calendars, another birthday and growing older, new government and appointed officials, babies being born and new life, new grading periods for students and teachers, new job opportunities, and new technological advancements. Change is constant and all around us.

While watching the ball drop on New Years Eve the spokeswoman on TV asked the people in the crowd at Time Square to tell what their new year’s resolution was. The word CHANGE came to mind. After pondering that a few moments I (Leslie) realized that I had not really thought about what I wanted to change this coming year. Do you have a news year’s resolution?

Granted change can be good or bad and it can also be hard. Some good changes: coming to know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior (2 Corin-thians 5:17), transformation of one’s character to become more like God (1 Kings 8:58), develop healthy habits. Hard changes: trials that test our faith (James 1:2-3), loss of a job, loss of a loved one (Genesis 37:34), moving to another city or state, finding a new church home...

Regardless, there is one thing that never changes, God. (God’s Word, God’s character, His attributes, what the Lord has done for us- his creation) Praise the Lord! Whatever the good, bad, hardship…God never changes. This truth is revolutionary and powerful! Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, we find written in scripture (Hebrews 13:8). As I’ve reflected over the highs/lows/ups/downs of 2007 I am reminded God has been with us, and will continue to be with us! In the midst of new circumstances, new trials, and a new year- God never changes.

All of God’s reasons come from within His uncreated being. Nothing has entered the being of God from eternity, nothing has been removed, and nothing has been changed. - A.W. Tozer
His words are as true as his own existence. He is unchangeable. He has never had to alter one saying or call back a single sentence. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
God is not like me. He doesn’t change his mind or have second thoughts. God is always the same and has always been the same. - Mary Morrison Suggs

Prayer Requests:
  • We would sow generously this year. -Pray that God would make all grace abound to us, so that in all things at all times, having all that we need, we will abound in every good work.
    (2 Cor. 9:8)

  • Pray that out of His glorious riches, we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurable MORE… ( Ephesians 3:20)

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