What a mess of a world we live in today!

It seems that there are precious few people we feel confident in trusting to do the right thing.  Do you lock your car and house when you leave them?  Did you when you were a child…did your parents or grandparents?  If something goes wrong in a parking lot or on the side of the road, do you wonder if anyone decent will help you?  Or will you instead face danger beyond your circumstances?

Is there anyone beyond your family and close friends (and even then it may be questionable) that you can trust to do the right thing by you?  What hope is there in a world when the general population holds no values of goodness, selflessness, generosity, and faithfulness?

Recently, I had a brief conversation with a fellow political conservative regarding a radio personality we had once considered a standard of our beliefs.  Early on in this train wreck of a presidential race, we constitutional conservatives were shocked by the abandonment of a number of leaders we believed to be strong and true, full-blooded, unwavering in their support of our country, its founding principles, and its Constitution.

We saw a handful of fairly solid conservative candidates, but those we looked to for leadership jumped ship, one-by-one, some in a seeming group plunge!  Even the a-fore-mentioned “standard of conservatism” has left the bedrock on which he once stood.  I confess, I always believed that if there ever came a time for a political “revolution,” so-to-speak, he would be at the head.

So where are we to look when all those we look to for strength and guidance leave us?  

GOD.

When steadfast politicians give in to pressure, when concrete standard-bearers of what you believe in become turncoats, when you can’t trust your neighbor to do what is right by you and your property, and when everyone you see is viewed through the lens of suspect…there is GOD.

Psalm 102:26-28 (TLV) – Long ago You founded the earth, the heavens are the work of Your hands.  They will perish, but You will remain.  All of them will wear out like a garment.  Like clothing You change them, so they change.  But You are the same, and Your years will never end.

Jacob (James) 1:17 (TLV) – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

Hebrews 13:8 (TLV) – Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Malachi 3:6 (TLV) – “For I am ADONAI.  I do not change, so you, children of Jacob, are not consumed.”

This attribute of God, His immutability (He does not change) is the hope we can have in this world that, sadly, continues to change for the worse.  God is faithful to us even when we are not faithful to Him (2 Timothy 2:13).  God’s love is eternal (Psalm 136).  God keeps his promises (2 Corinthians 1:20).  God’s ways are perfect (Psalm 18:30).

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says ADONAI Elohim, “Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8, TLV).

God NEVER changes!  And while this gives me hope that He is never going to let me down, as humans do, I would be remiss to not point out something very important in this character of God’s.  His faithfulness, His love, His character…they all stay the same, never changing.  But this also means that His commands NEVER change.  His requirements NEVER change.  His expectations NEVER change.  And His WORD NEVER CHANGES.

God commanded that we are to love Him and love others; not commit adultery, not steal, not lie, honor the Sabbath….  Because God does not change, neither do His commands.  If God said that homosexuality is wrong then, it is wrong now, because God does not change.

If He said that children should honor their father and mother so that they would have long life, then that is still true today.  If He said you cannot serve both God and money, then today, as it was in the Bible, that is what He expects of us.  God commanded us to be righteous…that hasn’t changed.  God said, through Yeshua, that there is only one way to heaven, that is to believe in the Son.  That hasn’t changed.

We cannot accept the immutability of God as comfort in this decaying world without also accepting the charge of His unchanging commands.  I hope that you can say like I can, “I believe God is never-changing.  I accept His Word as His unchanging truth, both His commands and His faithfulness and love for me.  Because of that, I can know that I ALWAYS have hope.  I am NEVER alone, for He is ALWAYS with me.”

If you have been blessed by these words, please pause a moment and say a prayer of thanksgiving to God for speaking to you here today.