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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sameness

Sameness2.gifIn a world that is ever changing and in the midst of a people who clamour for change and in meeting the challenges of chaos and confusion that accompanies change the Scripture unashamedly declares in Psalms 102: 27 concerning God, "But thou art the same, . . . ."

The Bible is a treasure trove of comforting words but surely, at least for me, these five words "But thou art the same" serve as a beacon of hope and lighthouse of safety when we are tossed on a sea of uncertainty and change.

This timeless truth is expressed several times in Scripture.

Malachi 3:6 - For I am the LORD, I change not; . . . .
Hebrews 13:8 - Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
James 1:17 - Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Our circumstances change he does not!
Our relationships change he does not!
Our health changes he does not!
Our fortunes change he does not!
Our plans change he does not!
Our minds change he does not!
Our families change he does not!
Our friends change he does not!

He is the same!  For him to change would mean one of two things.  1.  He was getting better which would call into question his divinity.  2.  He was getting worse which would call into question his divinity.  As God he is perfect in all his ways.  He can not get better!  He cannot get worse!  He is the same!

Our views of him may change but he is the same.
The way we relate to him may change but he is the same.
Our understanding of him may change but he is the same.
Our fellowship with him may change but he is the same.


To hear some people talk you would think God is as morally confused and uncertain and undecided and unsure and unsettled and unstable as the passing fashions of this world.  All these things may be true of us but let us be careful not to impute our frailty upon God.  He is the same!

God is not morally confused, or uncertain or undecided or unsure or unsettled or unstable.  He is the same!

Quite frankly I love to have it so.  Being the same He is faithful and trustworthy.  If there is uncertainty it is in my own mind.  If there is confusion it is with my own understanding.

In a world where "change" is promoted as the test of intellectual acumen and true advanced thought it would do us well to remember the Bible says, "But thou art the same".

Actually I am not against all change.  We are not God and thus need to change.  The change that we need is a return to the old paths and to walk in the ways of our Fathers.  The change that is most proposed today is in the direction of accommodation of the flesh.  A change that mirrors the world instead of reflects Jesus and holiness is change in the wrong direction.

It is important that if we are going to change that it be in the direction of him of whom it is said, "Thou art the same".
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