Friday, 28 September 2018

DEVOTION: Some things never change

By Leila Halawe | @LHalawe

Life is constantly changing. Every day something changes; the news, the Prime Minister (is Scott Morrison still leading Australia??), people, the weather. All around us, nature is changing and day by day we see subtle changes reminding us that a new season is coming whether we like it or not. Every day, people are dying, and babies are being born. Life is a constant cycle of change and it’s going to happen with or without our participation.

Our lives can be very much like that, too. I’m sure if we all looked back on the year so far, we can identity a few, if not a lot of things that have changed. I can tell you that a lot has changed for me this last year. Some good, some bad. I’ve made some new friends, I had a friend pass away, I’ve completed some study while also moving tackling my Masters. I’ve had some health issues and watched friends have health issues. I have seen prayers answered and have desperately cried new prayers. It’s just life.

But one thing that never changes is God. Ever.

Numbers 23:19 tells us,

 'God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfil?' 

I don’t know about you, but this is one of the most comforting scriptures in the bible for me. It is a clear promise that God hasn’t changed, isn’t changing and will never change. And this is great news for us because it means that what He promised, He will fulfil.

When He promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6), He won’t leave us or forsake us. 

When He promises that He will walk through the darkest valley with us (Psalm 23:4), He will remain by our side. 

When He promises that He forgives our sins and they are forgotten (psalm 103:12), He will forgive and not hold our sins against us. 

When God tells us not to fear because He has redeemed us and knows us by name (Isaiah 433:1), He will call us by name and redeem us. 

God is not a human that He would change His mind and so when read one of His promises or declarations for us, we can be confident that He is unchanging and faithful to fulfil not just what He has promised, but far more than we can ever imagine or deserve. And that is so very comforting.

This was cross posted at ICFW

Leila (Lays) Halawe is a Sydney based coffee loving nonfiction writer and blogger. She has published a short devotional, Love By Devotion, and shares her views on life and faith via her blog page Looking In . You can connect with her via Facebook at Leila Halawe Author  and via Twitter at Leila Halawe.

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