Falling leaves announce the coming of autumn and a change of season. Not only do the seasons change but the weather from day to day, or hour to hour appears to be in flux as well. We often live with uncertainty regarding the conditions of life and what is coming in the near future. Still, the Bible’s message to us brings a reassuring voice of truth describing life.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17) Our God is unchanging. His character remains the same. His purposes do not waver. In our relationship with God we discover an important truth: God is always ready to hear us pray. Occasionally I will contact a friend only to learn that it’s not a good time to talk. I’ll need to call later. Yet I never experience that sense of delay with God.
The Bible’s promise contains the certainty we need in an uncertain world. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will – he hears us.” (I John 5:14) Matthew Henry wrote: “As the sun is the same in nature and influences, though the earth and clouds, often coming between, make it seem to us to vary, so God is unchangeable, and our changes and shadows are not from any changes or alterations in him. What the sun is in nature, God is in grace, providence, and glory; and infinitely more.”
The weather may change, the shadows will shift, but we’ll always be able to talk with the Lord. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
Pastor Ken Atchison
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