July 15, 2015

Read Matthew 24

Do you ever sit down and reflect on how things have changed over the past 5, 10, 20, 30, 50 years?  It’s amazing to consider the changes that have occurred.  What I wouldn’t give to have the metabolism I had 20 years ago!  I am sure many remember a time before the internet, before cell phones, and certainly before smart phones or tablets.  Change affects all of us.  New jobs, new friends, new homes, sometimes a new church are just a few examples.

Change is inevitable and while sometimes welcomed, can also be intimidating.  Change often comes with fear of the unknown.  In the midst of change, we hold tight to the things most constant in our life. Our closest friends, our families, our relationship with God are all examples.

I am encouraged that we have a promise that God will never change.  God’s word will never change. And God’s promises are still very real to us today. In Matthew 24 Jesus is speaking to his disciples about some very uncomfortable changes that will occur.  He warns of false prophets, deception, wars, a growing hate of Christians, persecution and death.  But Jesus gives hope, reminding his disciples in Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

Let us all find comfort in the fact that, despite changes in our personal life, work life, health, or our nation, we serve a God who is constant and whose words will never pass away.