Always & Never
Without cracking a smile, crossing your fingers behind your back, or running to confession, can you make the following claim?
“I’m always the same. I never change.”
Yeah . . . neither can I.
Humans are fickle. We change our mood. We change our plans. We change our minds.
There’s only one person who can honestly say they’re ALWAYS the same and NEVER change, and that person is Jesus. He is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
Humans are also imperfect. Sometimes we don’t stick around when the going gets tough.
But God does.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you (Isaiah 43:2a ESV).”
“. . . it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6b).”
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4).
God is ALWAYS with you. He will NEVER leave you.
Sometimes humans lie and break promises.
But God doesn’t.
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 fulfill (Numbers 23:19 NIV)?
God ALWAYS tells the truth, and He NEVER lies.
In fact, it’s impossible for God to lie, therefore those of us who have taken refuge in Him have strong encouragement to hold firmly to the hope (our ANCHOR) set before us (Hebrews 6:18).
In our fickleness and imperfection, however, we often grasp for counterfeit anchors. We put our hope in things that are temporary, unpredictable, and unknown rather than in Jesus, an ANCHOR who is sure, steadfast, reliable, trustworthy, dependable, genuine, sound, proven, solid, constant . . .
Whatever you’re currently facing and whatever lies ahead, hold firmly to these truths:
Jesus is ALWAYS the same. He NEVER changes.
Jesus ALWAYS tells the truth. He NEVER lies.
Jesus is ALWAYS with you. He will NEVER leave you.