Coping with change: Part 2 - Hope 103.2

Coping with change: Part 2

Morning Devotions is for those curious about the Christian faith and who want to explore Christian issues that relate to their daily life.

By Chris WittsTuesday 11 Feb 2014Morning Devotions with Chris WittsLifeReading Time: 0 minutes


In Jeremiah 31:3,He says this “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” You were created as an object of God’s love. You were made to be loved by God. You want to know why you’re here on this earth? You were created to be loved by God. His love is continuous. It is everlasting. It is consistent. The Bible says that God is always unchanging in His love toward us.

That is such good news. The Bible teaches that God loves me just as much on my good days as He does on my bad days. He loves me when I feel it and He loves me when I don’t feel it. He loves me when I think I’m close to Him and doing the right thing and He loves me when I’m not close to Him and I’m not doing the right thing. His love is not based on my performance. His love is based on His character. It is consistent. It is continual. It is everlasting.

No matter what happens to you this year,  or even tomorrow,there is one thing you can be sure of: God is not going to stop loving you. No matter what you go through,nothing is going to separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 119:159 says ..  “Your love never changes.” You can count on God no matter what happens,because God is never going to stop loving you.

The point is this: We always get into trouble when we doubt God’s love. Always. I never need to doubt His love for me. There are a lot of things I could worry about but I don’t have to worry about that one. No matter how I feel,no matter what I’ve done,or what I’ve thought,God’s love is based on His character.

Romans 8:38 is a marvellous verse. Listen to it in the Message translation: “Nothing living or dead,angelic or demonic,today or tomorrow,thinkable or unthinkable — absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love.” That means you can go to bed tonight,confident of the fact that tomorrow morning when you get up God is not going to have changed His mind about you. You will never be loved by God any more than you are at this very moment. You will never be loved by God any less than you are at this very moment. God’s love never changes. That is something I can anchor my life to.

In Isaiah 40:8 God says,”The grass withers and the flowers fade,but the Word of our God shall stand forever.” It’s timeless,enduring,and eternal. It never withers; it’s always fresh. It doesn’t get stale. God’s Word is never out of date.  God’s Word is eternal – it will guide us today and it will lead us into the future. Psalm 119:152 says,”Long ago I learned from Your statues that You established them to last forever.” God’s Word will last forever because it is eternal. Jesus said it like this: “Heaven and earth will pass away but My word will never pass away.”

The Word of God is true and will never change.

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When the American astronaut Alan Shepherd was getting ready to go up into space for the very first time,a reporter asked him “What are you depending on in this flight?” His answer is classic: “I’m depending upon the fact that God’s laws will not change.” Great answer.

In the same way,God has established some moral and spiritual laws for the universe. God gives these parameters for our good. When we ignore these spiritual laws,we don’t break them – they break us. We get hurt. Every time I ignore God’s laws,I hurt myself. They’re there for my benefit. When I go against what God says,it causes stress. It causes worry. It causes guilt. It causes anger. It causes conflict in relationships.
God says to you and He says to me,”I want you to listen to My word.” Do you know what the most basic fundamental temptation is? It’s the temptation that Adam and Eve had and it’s the same one you have every single day of your life: the temptation to doubt God’s word. We hear it like this: “Did God really say,don’t do that?” If Satan can get you to question God’s Word,you’re going to fall for anything.

Listen to what Jesus said in Matthew 5:24: “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice,is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Jesus is saying if you want to have a stable home,you’ve got to build it on an unchanging foundation. You’ve got to build on a rock.

The same is true for your life. If you want to build your life in a way that is solid and significant and handles the stress and the changes of this century,,you’d better build it on the truth of God’s Word,because it is bedrock. It is not going to change. Popular opinion is going to change,psychology books are going to change,what the talk radio hosts talk about is going to change. Everything else changes. But God’s Word does not. So if you want stability,build your life on God’s unchanging truth.

That’s the third thing I can understand and know confidently. God’s purpose for my life will never change. 1 Samuel 15:29 teaches that: “God is not a man. He doesn’t change His mind.” I’m really glad for that verse. Long before you were born,God planned you. And that plan has never changed. He created you for a purpose. You were made for a reason. If you are alive today,God has a purpose for your life.

Have you noticed that your plans often get changed? Why? There are at least two reasons: One,you can’t see the future. You don’t have foresight. You don’t have the perspective. None of us can know what’s going to happen tomorrow,much less ten years from now.
The other reason your plans often get changed is you don’t always have the means to pull them off. You may have a great plan,but you don’t have the time or you don’t have the money,or you don’t have the energy or intelligence or the opportunity or the power to pull it all off.

Contrast that with God. God never has to change His plans. Never. Why? Because God is all knowing – He’s omniscient. And God is all-powerful – He’s omnipotent. So God never has to change His plans. He already knows everything that’s going to happen and He already has the power to do anything He wants to do. So He doesn’t ever have to change His plans. His plan for you has never changed – and it never will.