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The Reality of Change

It has been noted, quite ironically, that the only thing constant is change. If you have lived any time at all you have undoubtedly noticed that things are not like they used to be. You do not have to be 70 years old to reflect on the vast changes that have taken place in your lifetime. You do not even have to be 50 or even 40 to recognize that the world, in many way scarcely resembles the one we grew up in.

A lengthy discussion could ensue about the causes for these changes. Likewise we could debate which changes are good, bad, necessary, etc. Who or what causes the changes we experience at such a rapid rate? Certain answers are obvious, such as technology. We now hold in our hands more technological power than was needed to power the first computer developed during World War II. That computer pulled 170,000 watts of electricity and is said to have dimmed the lights in Philadelphia when it was turned on. Today we can connect anywhere in the world instantaneously. In just a couple of generations, unfathomable change has occurred.

We understand that change is inevitable in the finite world in which we exist. Our bodies change as we grow older as do our perspectives and opinions. Time and experience have a way of making us view things in a different light. Of course, not all change is bad. For better or worse, change in going to happen in all of our lives. However, there is One that never changes.

The prophet Malachi declared the word of the Lord that said, “I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed” (3:6). The natural parallel to this is the fact that if He did change, we would be consumed. We need a constant, a fixed point, a true North by which to align our lives.

Hebrews 13:8 proclaims, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever”. That can be said of nothing else except the Word of God. Only the Word in written form or human form can claim that it never changes. Jesus said in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away”. We should take great comfort in the fact that the One we serve is not affected by the passage of time or societal upheavals. In the midst of swirling change, we need to stay anchored to the Rock of Ages who will always be the same. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.

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