God Hasn’t Changed!
1 Peter 1:24-25 For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
It’s Wednesday of Holy Week, but in many ways if feels like any other evening before a regular Thursday. This year there were no palm branches being passed out by the children last Sunday. No shouts in the sanctuary of “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.“ In two days we won’t have an evening candlelight service where we wash hands, take communion, sing songs, write out our prayers and put them in the basket at the foot of the cross and celebrate Good Friday together in our little church in Skyway on the side of the road. We even know that we would get in trouble with the authorities if we had a special Easter service at the church this Sunday. Many things have changed in a very short time, but I Know one thing for sure, in the midst of this calm chaos, God hasn’t changed.
Tomorrow is the day of Holy week where everything changed for Jesus. He went from washing his disciples’ feet, to sharing the Passover meal, to sharing with His disciples that one of them would deny knowing Him three times before the next dawn, to praying so hard that He sweat blood, to being betrayed with a kiss by a dear friend. (Thursday’s events are recorded in Matthew 26:17–75, Mark 14:12-72, Luke 22:7-62, and John 13:1-38.) We change, the church changes, how people respond to Jesus changes, but God hasn’t changed!
I’ve been learning how to take videos on my phone for the Sunday messages and having Youth Group on group chat with our teens. Today my daughter and I went to pick up some books from a friend that were sealed in a bag and wiped down, and I felt like we might get in trouble if a police officer stopped us to ask where we was going. Society changes, laws change, our freedoms change, but God hasn’t changed!
Psalm 25 is a Psalm I’ve been praying through the last few days and it has blessed me during a confusing Holy week. I pray it will also bless you.
Psalm 25:4-6 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. 6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
Many things in our lives may be changing, and sometimes we can feel overwhelmed. These are the times where it’s important to remember, God hasn’t changed.