On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced the coronavirus (or Covid-19) to be a pandemic. A pandemic is an outbreak of a disease that spreads across a vast region such as continents or worldwide. On March 13, 2020, the United States President Donald Trump announced the coronavirus pandemic to be a national emergency. Within hours, before our very own eyes, many things we once knew as stable, began to change – entire state school systems moved to new and creative ways of educating students, many employees were mandated to work from home, businesses closed, grocery stores emptied, and congregations began suspending their services in church buildings and switched to on-line worship only. In just the last few weeks, we have seen and experienced so much change, haven’t we? … but that is not the end of the matter. I am happy to tell today that in a changing world there is one unchanging reality – God DOES NOT CHANGE.
One of the attributes of God is His immutability. That is, God does not change and cannot be changed. In his essential being, God is utterly consistent and unchanging. James attempts to convey this idea when he describes God as the ‘Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows’ (James 1:17). That my friends, is great news for those of us who do not like change or do not cope well with constant transition and alterations.
I’ve learned through the years that in life pain is inevitable but misery is optional. It’s up to us how we will respond to trials when they come knocking at the door … May we choose to learn to lean on our unchanging God even when things around us are changing at a rapid speed.
We are living in uncertain and in many ways frightening times. What tomorrow holds is anyone’s guess. We don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future, and I know that one of these days, the Lord IS coming back to take us to our eternal HOME. The Lord is going to make good on His promise.
I would like to leave you for now with the words of an old song that’s very dear to my heart, that says:
Time is filled with swift transition; naught of earth unmoved can stand. Build your hopes on things eternal. Hold to God’s unchanging hand…
I love you all in the Lord!