Change is Inevitable

“I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6)

 

Changes for the most part are a given in our lives. We have some this week that will be graduating from high school, and in the fall will begin a new chapter in their lives. Some changes are welcome changes, some are not, but regardless, change is usually inevitable. We see change in the roles that we play every day, from the role of employee, or student, child or parent, friend, athlete, co-worker, you name it, there are many roles that we play on a daily basis. One of the hardest things to do is maintain our focus amidst all the changes that go on in our daily lives.

 

We can be grateful for a God that does not change.  No matter our circumstances God remains the same. Jesus told us “the words that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). We should be thankful that the standard by which we will be judged will remain the same for all eternity. How would we react if God today changed the standard that would be used to judge us on the last day? We know that Jesus Christ does not change (Hebrews 13:8). Peter reminds us that we are to follow the example left by Christ saying, “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth” (1 Peter 2:21-22). Even though Christ’s circumstances may have changed, He did not.

 

As humans, we can find it harder to be unchanging. We know that Peter wrote these words after he had denied the Lord three times on the night that Jesus was crucified. It has always been interesting to me that Peter denied Jesus three times, very shortly after telling the Lord that he would even die for Him (Luke 22:33). Although Peter’s intentions had not changed, the circumstances he was in had. Peter was no longer in the upper room with those who were also disciples, in an atmosphere very much like we may feel this morning in the Logan Martin church of Christ building. Peter’s circumstances had changed, Peter was now warming by the fire (Luke 22:56), and he was no longer in that very spiritual atmosphere.

 

Peter’s experience teaches us that when circumstances change most of the time so will our responses. Peter has also assured us that others are observing the works which we do (1 Peter 2:12). Young folks, do not forget Paul’s charge to the young man Timothy to “be an example to the believers” (1 Tim 4:12). Will we have the courage to be consistent in our behavior, and our service to God, even when it may not be the popular thing to do? I hope this morning’s study of Daniel will help us in learning the importance of our behavior, how our behavior is observed, and how important it is for us to be consistent in our service to God.

 

Ande Z

 

Activities:
TONIGHT – Area Wide Devotional @ Decatur Highway

Saturday – Six Flags

June 14-15th – June Bug @ BCC

June 16th -21st – Backwoods Christian Camp

 

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