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  • Shawn Thornton

Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Wednesday - September 9th

Scripture to Read Today: Psalm 102:25-28

Immutable - Perfectly Unchangeable

Day 9 of 30 Days of the Names and Attributes of God


Jesus Christ is the same

yesterday and today

and forever.

Hebrews 13:8

Are you done with 2020 yet? Who isn't?

Whenever we enter a presidential election year, we now know that it will be a turbulent year in the United States. As the new year of 2020 began, we recognized this year would be no exception. Then news broke early in the year that Murder Hornets had made their way to the United States. The hornet has a body length of 1 3 ⁄4 inches, a wingspan around 3 in, and a stinger 1⁄4 in long, which injects a large amount of potent venom. It was the big news in the first six weeks of the new year.

Then the world began to take notice of a virus profoundly impacting a few regions in China. In early February, Lesli and I, along with many of our family and many of our Calvary friends, enjoyed an inspirational tour of Israel. While there, some of our guides told us that Chinese trips to the Holy Land were being canceled. The virus would soon become all we would hear about for months after our return. The whole world would spend the rest of 2020 hearing about the coronavirus.

Murder hornets faded into the background. Unemployment would skyrocket. Racial tensions would flare up with an intensity our nation has not seen since the 1960s. American society's polarization would seep down into the landscape of the church over masks and social distancing. Schools would open online and not on campus in the fall. Change became the norm of 2020.

If someone in 2019 would have told us about wearing masks at all times in public, staying 6 ft away from others, and arguing over the definitions of a pandemic would be the norm in 2020, we would not have believed them. But here we are. Change has been the one constant for this first year of the new decade.

One of God's attributes that provides us great confidence as we trust Him is His immutability. Because God is immutable, He is "perfectly unchangeable." While not stubborn or uncaring, He cannot be moved or transformed. The writer of the Hebrews described God the Son so clearly when he said, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (13:8).

Because He is immutable, we know His Word is true. Because He is immutable, we believe His promises. While our world moves regularly and changes continuously, God never changes. Your work may be shaken right now, but your God is not. No matter what I face or how dramatic the twists and turns of my circumstances might be, I can rest in the One Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

Your circumstances may change, but your God won't. You can trust Him!


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