Monday, August 15, 2011
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Heb 8:13)
I love consistency. I am not much of spontaneity. When someone or something gets in and takes my routine and either messes with it or disrupts it totally, I never seem to get back on track. I'm thinking that comes from many years of inconsistency, of not "knowing" and of worry. I have a schedule of daily events that I have down to a science. The older I get, the less I like surprises!
We are fortunate in that Jesus' love for us does not change. His word does not change. Men may think that He has evolved into a more liberal and accepting God, but what was true 2,000 years ago, what was "law" then, what was wrong then, is still wrong today. He still hates sin and still has the same list of "don'ts". Where we as humans come off thinking we can change them never ceases to amaze me.
We wake up each morning with the opportunity to offer praises and thanksgiving for all we have received. We have many moments throughout the day that we can go to the Lord and ask His blessing, ask for guidance, ask for mercy. We have day after day to offer prayers for our loved ones, our friends who are sick. We can pray for healing and we can pray for acceptance of His will in the lives of others. At any time, we can go to Him, with any number of requests or praises. There is no limit.
In knowing all of that, still many do not go to Him with praises, nor with gratitude for what has been received or what will be received in the future. For many, it is only when times are tough, when someone is sick or when the consequences of their actions are bearing down on them. Some don't even go to Him then!
Don't wait until you are in need to go to the Lord. Go to Him when you are not in need, when your cup is full, when your life is "consistent". Thank Him daily for all the little things in your world that you take for granted. Thank Him for the ability to crawl out of bed and plant your feet on the floor - some people can't do that, some people never could. Thank Him for the ability to rebrew that pot of coffee that came through looking like dirty water, some people don't have anything but dirty water to drink. Thank Him for all things! Praise Him for all things. Honor Him every day by reading His word! Let it flow over you, let it become a part of you. His love for you never changes and there are no hidden clauses or small print. It's consistant! It's constant! Be willing! He will light your way and guide you through whatever you are facing. He will not change His mind and He does not lie! He is fair, He is loving and He is worthy!!! He is God!