October 6th, 2014 | By admin
by Tim Hall
The one thing that doesn’t change is that things change – ponder that for a minute! It may not be absolutely true (God, for example, doesn’t change – Malachi 3:6), but as a general observation of life, few will argue with the proposition.
Fall is in the air. The past several months have been warm, sometimes even hot. In a couple of days, weather forecasters are telling us, cold temperatures will arrive in our area, even if only for a couple of days. The weather is one of the most changeable facts of our existence.
Today another change in my life was observed: The home place where my siblings and I were reared officially changed ownership. The community where I could once number dozens (literally) of aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc., is now almost entirely devoid of members of that family. Some have passed from this life; others have relocated. Change is now a stark reality for me when I visit Harlan County, Kentucky.
“Time is filled with swift transition” go the opening words of an old hymn I’ve often sung. “Naught of earth unmoved can stand,” it goes on. The older I get, the more sincerely I say “Amen” to those words.
The Bible affirms this fact which is so obvious to the honest: “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). Just a page or two beyond that in your Bible is this statement: “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away” (1 Peter 1:24). Lovely flowers in the garden will be but a memory in a few weeks. That’s the essence of life – change. For many, that thought causes great despair.
But read on in Peter’s message: “But the word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:25). Just as we noted earlier in this essay, God does not change. And would this be a good place to remind ourselves that we are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27)?
The good news of Jesus Christ includes the promise that a wonderful change awaits those who commit their lives to God. Hear what Paul wrote on this topic: “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed … For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:51,53). Yes, you read that right: We who are mortal will one day be immortal!
Do you enjoy your present station of life? Brace yourself: you’ll someday have to move on to another station that may not be as enjoyable. Change is a constant – in this life. That’s one more reason to cast your lot with Christ. The changes He offers are nothing but wonderful!
Come to the light God offers! Study His word, the Bible. Worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Get in touch with us if you’d like to discuss these ideas further.