Devotional

Changing World, Unchanging God

One of my favorite Bible verses is Hebrews 13:8 which says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (KJV) It reminds me that in this world of constant change, there is one thing I can be certain of. Jesus never changes!

Buying an old farmhouse and renovating it provides an interesting lesson on change. You see, our house was built about 130 years ago. At least the original part of the house was. There is evidence of change all throughout the structure. First of all, as typical farmhouses go, you can recognize the original part of the house as the two-story box at the heart of the house. Then there is the one-story walkway attaching the house to the obviously newer garage. Next, at the front of the house stands the one-story addition in which the slanted roof goes contrary to the rest of the roof. I imagine there was probably a front entrance with a beautiful front porch there at one time. We know the dining room wall was once the outside wall of the house, because my father-in-law dug into the wall and found shingles still attached. I also know that every farmhouse this old used to have a fireplace or two. Sure enough! If you walk down to the basement or climb up to the attic you can see where the old chimney runs through the center of the house. There is the old, high ceiling in the kitchen above the newer drop ceiling, and there are layers of old paint, wallpaper, and flooring spanning many decades. These are just a few of the most obvious changes that we’ve seen so far.

We are in the process of making our own changes to the house. Most of the rooms are freshly painted, the dining room has new laminate flooring, and a new water softener is in the process of being installed. We are still waiting for carpet to be installed upstairs and we have lots of work left to do on the kitchen.

I am always fascinated by old houses and buildings. I love to imagine what they looked like when they were originally built. I wonder what the people were like who lived or worked there and what life was like for them. I can only imagine how drastically life has changed in the last 75 to 100 years or more!

We all understand that change is a part of life. Nothing stays the same forever. People change, jobs change, living arrangements change, and so on. Some changes are welcome, some are not. Some people thrive on change, others avoid it as much as possible.

With the uncertainty of change all around us, it is comforting to know that we serve a God who is always the same. He is the same holy, loving, merciful, just God that He has always been. He declares this so concisely in his words to Israel in Malachi 3:6, “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (KJV) God has a plan, and that plan often requires changes for us, yet He never changes. His purposes never change, and we can be assured of that in this ever changing world.

God created this world. He created us. He existed before we did and will still be here when this world is gone. What comfort to know that we can always depend on our God!

Hebrews 1:10-12 tells us, “Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.” (ESV)

I’m satisfied to know that even though my house may change, my family may change, my health may change, or any number of things in my life may change, my God will never change!

Wife, mom, grandma, and country girl. I am living by faith and encouraging others to do the same. I integrate faith, family and country living.

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