Bi-vocational Small Church Ministry Coordinator

   “God Never Changes!”

 

     A lot of mention is being made of the “new normal” by news media, as well as people in general these days.  In fact, I even referenced it in my May Messenger article.  Everyday life as we knew it a couple of months ago is now very, very different from what we considered normal at that time.  We are wearing masks, “social distancing,” and washing our hands as never before.  We’ve had to adapt to doing church differently due to guidelines limiting our ability to gather together. We’ve found creative and innovative ways to minister and ways to encourage and support each other that we had not previously used. (This is not all bad. In fact, a lot of good things have come out of these difficult and trying times.)

   Back in 1963, Bob Dylan wrote a song titled, “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” This song has been recorded by many artists through the years and in every decade since Dylan wrote it.  In each of these decades, something happened that proved this song almost prophetic in nature and reminded folks that things don’t remain the same and that “The Times They Are a-Changin’.”  Just a few examples of this could be the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s along with the assassinations of President Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; the Vietnam War of the 60 - 70s era;  Major recessions and gas shortages in the 80-90s era;  911 in 2001 followed by the Iraq conflicts; and various other troubles, natural disasters, and crises that occurred in the 2000s, which brings us to the present time and this unprecedented pandemic we have been going through.  I think it would be safe to say that since the beginning of time, “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” Things never stay the same nor will they.

     I said all of the above to just remind us that things from our earthly perspective are going to change, sometimes more dramatically than others, as in the present situation we are going through. Change is inevitable and nothing is ever exactly the same as it was before the change occurred.  BUT (and that’s a big BUT) one thing never changes, and that one thing is God and His relationship with His people.

     To us, our present situation may seem chaotic, but God is still on His throne and is ruling and reigning over all His creation and He has everything under control.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  This virus has not caught Him by surprise. He is bigger than it is and He knows more about it than the WHO (World Health Organization), the CDC (Center for Disease Control), President Trump, Governor Cooper, Dr. Fauci, or any other so-called “expert.”  And not only does God know more about it than they do, He can bring an end to it any time He pleases. We must remember God is all powerful, all-knowing, and ever present — He is God and besides Him there is none other!  We need to stop asking God why all of this happening that is changing our world and our everyday lives and begin asking Him what He wants us to learn through it.

     Friends, God loves His children and He always has. He has their best interest in mind no matter how much current conditions might say otherwise.  He provides and cares for His own.  Jeremiah, the writer of Lamentations offers these words:  The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease.  Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.  I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him!  The LORD is good to those who depend on Him, to those who search for Him.  So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the LORD.  Lamentations 3:22-26 (New Living Translation)

     God causes the sun to rise each morning.  The flowers bloom and birds sing at His good pleasure. He brings the rains and changes the seasons.  The sun, moon, and stars remain in their places at His direction. He’s got everything under control!  Don’t worry!  It will be okay!   “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life — whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? . . . Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.   Matthew 6:25-27; 33-34 (New Living Translation)

     The times they are a-changin’, but GOD NEVER CHANGES!  Trust Him and don’t worry about the times. This too shall pass and God will carry you through it!

    

 

Working Together in His Service,

 

Roy   Pr. 3:5-6