27 December 2020
Hope in Uncertain Times
Another Christmas Day has come and gone. And Jesus is still the same today as He was 2 days ago. Jesus is the same today as He was 2 weeks ago, or 2 years ago, or 2 centuries ago. Yes, even 2 millenia ago, He was the same. And going forward He will still be the same. Why can I say this? Hebrews 13:8 (NASB) says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever."
We are fickle people. We think that a new event or circumstance will fix everything. Often it only reveals further areas that need repair. Our hope should not be in temporal circumstance or things of earth. I'm not discounting emotions that result from such things, but none of them are "the fix." We think that flipping a calendar year will magically change things, that a mere digit on the calendar has such power. However, that is not the case. In fact, the flipping of the calendar -- of the year -- shows how unreliable such things are. They change. The days change, circumstances change, the worldly system keeps changing (though it spews the same old lies), things break down and depreciate and the body aches.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NASB) says the following:
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer person is decaying, yet our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
There is One in Whose hands our heart is secure, One who has never seen decay, One who renews day by day, One who produces an eternal glory for those who are His. Are you His? He is the unchanging One -- our Lord Jesus Christ.
So, as you venture into a new day, week, month or year -- look to the One Who does not change. Trust Him. After all He is not some mystic. He is God Incarnate. As Isaiah 9:6b (NASB) states:
"His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace."
So, while circumstances change -- for the better or worse -- may we do as the writer of Hebrews 12:2 mentions: fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.
'In him we live and move and have our being'"
(Acts 17:28a, ESV)
He is our Purpose, our Hope and the Anchor of certainty in uncertain times. I pray He is your Prince of Peace.
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