I always try to read the sayings on church signs. Sometimes the sayings are funny (or they are supposed to be funny), sometimes the sayings make a point and sometimes they don’t. One saying that probably everyone has seen is: “CH__CH. What’s missing? UR.” There are invitations that have absolutely nothing to do with church, especially close to Super Bowl Sunday. “Come on in – the game is here!”
But the majority of the sayings are serious–the sayings invite people to consider where they will spend eternity. Like the little church down the street from me. Their sign simply says: “Jesus Saves.” Enough said.
Some sayings are true, motivational and encouraging. I saw one of those signs a few days ago as I drove past a church in the neighborhood. The saying; “God is God. He Never Changes.” Simple, common knowledge, yet profound in it’s simplicity. God is God. He Never Changes. When I read this sign, it immediately resonated with me. God never changes. So what happens? If God never changes, why do we feel like he does? He doesn’t change—but we do.
Beaten, battered, worn out from life’s challenges and crises, we feel like God has abandoned us. That He no longer pays attention to us, much less cares for us.
How woefully wrong we are.
He never changes. No. matter. what. He is the same today as He was yesterday, and He will be the same tomorrow as He was today.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not belittling anyone’s crises. Believe me, I’ve had my share. But I wonder if we–okay, I–would have handled those crises better if I had been aware of the constant presence of God, who never changes. He loves us as much today, as He ever has or ever will. He cares for us and He understands our heartaches, our sorrow, our grief. The Bible tells us in Isaiah 53:4a “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.” (emphasis mine).
Psalm 18:2 sums up the protectiveness of God: “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” (emphasis mine.)
And if we have any question at all about how much God loves us, Jeremiah 31:3 should put our questions to rest: “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
It is easy to believe and trust God when things are going great. It’s not so easy when we are in the middle of a crisis. My prayer today is that this blog, and more importantly, these scriptures will help us all to trust Him more in the midst of our challenges and crises.
- ’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
- Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
- Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.
- I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.