Ironically, one of the few constants in life is change.
As I write this, I am sitting on my back porch gazing at the treetops, a seemingly endless expanse of red, gold, and brown. Not too long ago all these leaves were a lush shade of green. In no time at all winter will set in and the branches will become bare and spindly. Times change.
The typical fanfare surrounding presidential election cycles has already seized the nation. Every day news junkies pore over the national polls as the various primary candidates speechify and jockey for position. Right now there’s no telling how the 2020 election will turn out, but in just over a year, all across the country, political configurations will shift and recalibrate. Governments change.
Our fellow inhabitants of planet earth, too, have been known to undergo fluctuations. From the innocuous (“I can’t believe how fast they’re growing up!”) to the momentous (“This just isn’t working out; I don’t even know who you are anymore!”), none of us is exactly the same as we were yesterday. People change.
Change, whatever form it takes, can be frightening. Faced with the prospect of instability in the market, investors are plunged into consternation and unease. Every day the media warns us that we are about to undergo a global cataclysm of apocalyptic proportions. The culprit? Climate change. We don’t like change. We’d prefer things to be permanent, stable, and dependable. Change, by contrast, is unpredictable, uncomfortable, and unsettling.
There is someone, however, Who never changes. “Before the mountains were brought forth,” Moses wrote, “or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Ps. 90:2). Another psalmist put it this way: “My days are like a shadow that lengthens, and I wither away like grass. But You, O Lord, shall endure forever, and the remembrance of Your name to all generations” (Ps. 102:11–12). How comforting it is to know that, though all around us is shifting sands and fleeting vapors, we stand firm on the only ground that is truly solid and never changing: Jesus Christ, Who is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8).
David Gunn is director of Regular Baptist Press.