Yesterday, Today and Forever

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8), but that doesn’t mean much unless you know who He is. We’ve already seen that God and Jesus are one. “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being” (Hebrews 1:3), so anything we read about Jesus can also be attributed to God and vice versa. “Christ Himself is our peace”, says Paul. “God is love”, says John.

If God is love, then surely those two words (God and love) are interchangeable. Here’s part of 1 Corinthians 13 in my own words, replacing ‘Love’ with Jesus or God:
God is patient, God is kind. He’s not envious or boastful. He’s not proud or rude, or self-seeking (if God had sought adulation, He would have made us robots incapable of feeling anything else). Jesus isn’t irritable and keeps no record of wrongs. He doesn’t delight in evil, but He’s happy about the truth. God always keeps us safe, gives us His trust, is constantly hopeful and never tires of us. God never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

That’s who my Lord is, and He’s the same yesterday, today and forever. If I snap at a parent I’m supposed to honour, God is still patient. If I’ve harboured an unkind thought, God’s still kind. When I’m struggling, His peace is still available to me. If I feel like throwing in the towel, God’s not about to give up. “If we are faithless, He remains faithful” (2 Timothy 2:13).

I think I’m glad I serve a God who doesn’t change.

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31 Days of Song: “You are Good”

I’m in a happy mood because it’s been a good day here.  I didn’t have any meetings or school assemblies to do today, so I went round the shops instead and came back with some nice things, but however your day has been, there are some things that are unchangeable.

 

When I first moved to my flat, I really liked its location, but certain people weren’t sure about me moving to another part of town.  The previous tenants hadn’t lived here long and didn’t seem to have heated the place, so it felt much colder than I was used to.  On one of those days when the sceptics could have said I-told-you-so, I was sitting in the lounge feeling miserable – my feet absolutely freezing, when I heard this song for the first time:

“In the heat of the day …

“Before each kiss goodnight”?  Both those seemed so far removed from where I was that I felt even more sorry for myself and kind of switched off to it, but I took notice again when it came to the last verse:

“When it’s dark and it’s cold and I can’t feel my soul, You are so good;

“When the world has gone grey and the rain’s here to stay, You are still good.”  It was one of those songs that made me stop and think.  How can we but thank God that wherever we are in life, His love is always the same … and He’s always good.