Changeless God in a changing world
Verse for Today: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Isaiah 1:1 – The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzzaiah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
In a changing world God shows man that He alone is changeless and preeminent. His Word reveals the unchanging divine message to the ever changing and decaying world. But man is lured into developing the feeling that certain charismatic people, fantastic events and glamorous circumstances give them stability. The world leaders and their strategies promise to solve human problems, but utterly fail because they do not address the basic spiritual problems the world is infected with. But soon much greater things happen and seemingly greater people come around with greater promises. Such people and events pass their failures on to others, thus making this world more and more unsafe and insecure. But God sends His message to man that He alone remains unchanging and powerful to handle all human problems. His Word remains supreme, unique, authentic and powerful in a world where everything keeps changing in man’s quest to solve his problems in his own wisdom. God raised up great prophets like Isaiah who preached God’s eternal Word when great kings and emperors came, ruled and went into oblivion. Their pseudo greatness disappeared with them into the pages of history, but the greatness and glory of the Lord remains forever. The false promises of emperors and political leaders linger as writings on water, but God’s promises remain solid and changeless forever. God tells people that they ought to look at His Word and His face rather than to the most influential leaders of this world. Leaders come and go as God’s instruments for a time and then they move away into history, but God remains in control of all that happens around.
Dear reader, are you bewildered at the changes that are seen around? Are you burdened about the kinds of changes that are on the anvil and wonder how you would face its consequences? Today God tells us that great kings, emperors, presidents and prime ministers will come and go into the pages of history, but He will remain and His power will rule and overrule the world. The world rulers and events are only pieces in the great puzzle but that is not the end of everything. God puts the pieces together day after day and accomplishes His purpose in it. Ultimately God works to show man that He wants man to go to Him for the salvation of his souls and live for Him. God uses world events and circumstances to show that He is in ultimate control of all that is going on. He wants to show the world the depravity of man and the emptiness of the material world. He has given man His unchanging promises in His Word which will never change. This is the message that He has asked His prophets to preach through generations and it continues even now. Today we do not need to be astonished or in dismay about our situations, but to know that these are ordained of the Lord to teach man the utter meaninglessness of earthly life. He wants man to find meaningfulness only in a life that is lived for God and for His glory. He challenges us to put our trust in the changeless Word of God. He wants us to believe and honor His Word and live accordingly. There is change and decay all around, but our God and His Word remain unchanging today to comfort and strengthen His children to live for His glory.
Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ the same yesterday and today and forever!
Thought for Today
Faith in the changeless God and His Word will sustain and strengthen our lives.
Prayer for Today
Lord! Help me to put my daily trust on You and Your Word to keep me from falling into the deceitfulness and decay of the changing world. Amen!