Lifelines August 04, 2019

In a world that is changing at breathtaking speed, we seek a constant.  Something that is consistent provides us with a sense of security and stability.  So, we are plagued by insecurity and instability.  We find ourselves unsteady on our feet and uncertain about our futures.  We pop a few more sedatives and antacids while we watch newscasts filled with the doom and gloom of the day.  It circles the globe and lands squarely in our laps.  If only there were a counter balance, something that was not always changing.  If only…

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).”  He is rock solid in a very wobbly world.  No need to worry about Him pulling the rug out from under us with a sudden change in who He is.  From His first cry as an infant, He has been all about loving people.  Of course, it was that passionate love for humanity that brought Him into the human arena to begin with.  God took on skin and bone to show us: He is consistently love, always and forever.

Human relationships come and go, ebb and flow.  Our closest friends a decade ago may be nearly forgotten today.  Those near and dear to us drift away.  All are destined to eventually give way to death.  The Lord never will.  Jesus rose never to die again.  He has passed through that gate and showed us that it is not the end.  Death is not a period but a comma.  We can be certain of it.  He lives forever.

His love for the human family will never cease.  It is a drum beat that permeates the psalms.  Psalm 136 strikes the same beat in every one of its 26 verses.  We long for such an assurance, and there it is.  It is the motivation behind the incarnation.  A Father willingly sacrificing His Son for the repair of a sin-torn world.  The Son cooperating with such a plan.  Only love would take such a drastic step.  His knows no bounds and has no expiration date.  God is love (1 John 4:8); pure, simple and never ending. 

We yearn for the good ole days when we could trust a person’s word.  That seems to belong to a bygone era that is lost in the dust of history, but the word of the Lord belongs in that trustworthy category.  It is forever settled in Heaven (Psalm 119:89), and does not change with the times. Right is still right, and sin is still sin.  Satan always lies.  People do sometimes.  The Lord never does, and His word will stand into eternity (1 Peter 1:21-25).

Jesus revealed the Father to us (John 1:18).  It is a revelation that eliminated the guesswork.  God is on our side.  He consistently loves us, and that will never change.  He and His truth are consistent and reliable forever.