The Salisbury Exhorter 8.25.19

      Hold To God’s Unchanging Hand

   Signs of change are all around us. Have you notice the days getting shorter as we get farther into the summer months of the year? Our children have changed this year too. They are taller and smarter and moving up another grade in school. And we adults have changed also. Some of us have turned a little grayer, some a little broader, and hopefully a little wiser.    

  There are changes that are not seasonal. We change jobs, hairdos, clothing styles and automobiles. Movies and songs that we enjoyed in the past, are soon replaced by new ones. Sometimes we move from house to house, sometimes from state to state. We say goodbye to family and friends. We welcome newcomers into the local congregation. And at times beloved friends and brethren move away from us. Marriages are made, children are born and sadly we will lose love ones along the way of life.

  In this temporary ever changing world that we live in, we need Someone who is permanent. Someone who does not change with the times, nor would pick up and leave us. Someone whose promises and commands is always unchanging and sure.

  We find this in God, both in His character and in His existence. The inspired writer said this about God “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (Jas. 1:17). Also note this about God. He has said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5).

  God is the One we must trust as the changing, temporary scenes of life unfold before us. Let us hold to God’s Unchanging Hand until we are with Him in an Unchanging Place!

  “Time is filled with swift transition, Naught of earth unmoved shall stand, Build your hopes on things eternal, Hold to God’s unchanging hand.”