“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
I live in a city where the weather is never really constant. One week it could be freezing temperatures, and the next week it could be warm and sunny. The inconsistency often causes people to be unprepared in how they dress, in what activities they have that day, and worse, cause them to get sick. When something or someone is unstable and uncertain, we have very little room to place our trust in it or them. As shaky and unpredictable life can be, we need to be able to put our trust in something or someone that is unchanging, unshaken, and constant.
The Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He was there in the beginning with the Father and the Spirit, forming the earth and all its inhabitants (Genesis 1; John 1:1). He has been working to accomplish His perfect and sovereign will (John 5:17). Taking on flesh, like the ones He came to save, our Lord sought out and is still seeking His fold, the sheep He laid His life down for at the cross. He bore the wrath we deserve, dying the death we are due, and rising to life that He graciously gives us (John 10:15; John 6:40). When the Word teaches us that Jesus is the same, unchanging, and constant, we should rejoice and let this truth settle into our hearts. Life can be so uncertain, and our Lord promised us that it will have trouble. Our anchor that keeps us from drifting won’t allow us to be lost. Our King who is now ruling will never be de-throned. Our God who lives forever will never change.
For the believer, this means great hope and joy—for He set His heart on you to bring you into His kingdom and nothing you can do or not do will change His mind. When troubles come and cause your world to become undone, your foundation will not be shaken because it is Christ. He came for sinners (1 Timothy 1:15), and those He saves will never be cast away or rejected by Him. Sisters, whatever season you may be facing, and no matter how much life seems unstable and uncertain right now, remember the One who is faithful. Let your faith and trust rest in the One who is the rock of ages. The hymn written by Katharina von Schlegel lovingly reminds us of this:
"Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief and pain;
leave to your God to order and provide;
in every change God faithful will remain."
My God, You are faithful and unchanging in every way. Thank You for being a constant in our ever-changing world, and thank You that Your word is a standard of truth in a world that tries to distort it. No matter what circumstance You allow us to go through that passes through Your loving hand, help us keep our eyes on Christ, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. In His name we ask, Amen.
How can you meditate on God's faithfulness this morning? Remind yourself of the Gospel and what He has done in your life thus far. Remember—all things work together for His glory and your good.