Happy Monday everybody! I’m glad we all made it through. Tonight I would like to get a little personal and talk about the thing that everyone wants- a thing that won’t go away. To make the point I’m trying to make, I have to share with you a verse that has carried me through the past few months of my life, Hebrews 13:8.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
in a world that is ever-changing, there is a longing in each of our hearts for something that stays the same. Something we can hold on to that will hold on to us right back. Everybody looks in different places, and many people spend their entire lives searching for that stability and end up breaking their own heart piece by piece on their eternal search for sameness. It’s so easy to buy into the idea that there is some place where we can get… one final destination in life that will bring us happiness and that will never fade away. I think God made everything in this world so temporary to emphasize the fact that He is the only perfect thing.
No matter how much we wish it didn’t, life happens, people change, and the world keeps spinning. If we are searching for stability where the very ground we stand on is constantly moving, we are never going to find what we are looking for. We will never be happy until we find our identity and our self-worth and our dependence in the One who never changes. It’s so easy to cling to places and people and things… but even those things that seem like they will never change (family, friends, church, school, location…) will. No one is perfect, and people will let you down. When that happens, will you self-destruct or turn to the Lord? It’s so easy to tell people that all you need is Jesus when you have Him and everything else. It takes on a while new meaning when you actually lose something you never thought you would lose. Maybe a friend you’ve had for you whole life decides you are better off as strangers. Maybe you are called to a new church, even though you’re perfectly content in the one you are in. Maybe your parents decide it’s time to move across the country in the middle of a new school year. Maybe your boyfriend breaks up with you. Maybe you get fired from your job. Stuff like that will happen, rest assured. But what do you do with that? What do you do when the things you never thought would change, change?
I recently heard a beautiful sermon about the story where Jesus turns the water in the water jars to wine at a wedding. The servants trusted Jesus enough to do what He said… to fill the empty water jars with water and trust that Jesus would do the impossible. When we “run out of wine,” or the tragedies of life come our way, are we going to cling to our empty water jars with nothing to offer, because it’s all we have to cling to, or are we going to cling to Jesus and trust Him to do with them as He will? No thing in this world could ever compare to the love of the Lord. He will never give up on you. He will never change His mind. He will never choose someone else over you… because He chose you before you were even alive. He never fails, He never changes, and He never leaves you.
Isaiah 43: 1-2
But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
I hope all of you have a fantastic week full of beautiful things.