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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Judges 13:1–14:20
John 1:29-51
Psalm 102:1-28
Proverbs 14:15-16

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Psalm 102:25-27 (CSB): “Long ago you established the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will endure; all of them will wear out like clothing. You will change them like a garment, and they will pass away. But you are the same, and your years will never end.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

In our Verses for Today, the Psalmist is expressing his comfort in a truth about God. Specifically, he wrote about the fact that God doesn’t change. Theologians call God’s unchangeableness “immutability.”

It is significant when the New Testament writer of Hebrews is writing his letter to say that Jesus is better than anything and everything, he quotes Psalm 102:25-27. He affirms Jesus’ deity by claiming that the Old Testament passage that referred to God the Father also refers to God the Son.

Hebrews 1:10-12 (CSB): “… In the beginning, Lord, you established the earth, and the heavens are the works of your hands; they will perish, but you remain. They will all wear out like clothing; you will roll them up like a cloak, and they will be changed like clothing. But you are the same, and your years will never end.”

As I get closer to my 50th birthday (next year), I’ve realized that I have gotten a little bit more sentimental. I’ve found myself thinking back on special events that have happened in my life. I periodically reflect on the special people I have met and the places I have been.

But, then I realize that I’m living in a very different world. Things have changed. The city outside of Houston where I spent my formative years is now unsafe to visit. I cannot enjoy a conversation with my first pastoral mentor, who was such an incredible blessing to me in my early ministry years, because he is at home with his Lord. The pictures I have of my toddler sons do not match the tall, young men who are now in my home. My wife and I have changed.

On and on I could go about the changes that have happened that make the world of 2019 a very different world than the memories I hold dear.

Honestly, to be emotionally healthy, I am convinced that we need something in our lives that doesn’t change. With change happening all around us, we need something that remains the same.

For the Christian, that needed comfort for something that doesn’t change is found in our unchanging God. If you read our Verse for Today again, you will notice that the Psalmist talks about how the earth (everything around us) will change but God doesn’t.

Psalm 102:25-27 (CSB): “Long ago you established the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will endure; all of them will wear out like clothing. You will change them like a garment, and they will pass away. But you are the same, and your years will never end.”

Friend, everything around you will change. Your spouse will grow older and change. Your children and grandchildren will grow up and change. Your church will change. The world around you will change.

But, God doesn’t change. He is immutable. And His immutability qualifies every one of His other attributes.

God is love … and that is never going to change.

God is holy … and that is never going to change.

God is infinitely powerful … and that is never going to change.

God is angry at sin … and that is never going to change.

God is willing to forgive any repentant sinner … and that is never going to change.

God has promised to work everything out for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28) … and that is never going to change.

On and on we could go about the comfort we can have in knowing that our God is immutable. He doesn’t change.

Find comfort in this truth today. Reflect on your God. Realize that your theology should not be determined by your feelings (for example, you might not feel that God loves you) but should be determined by what the Bible says (God loves you and that is never going to change).