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  • Steve McFarland

Shifting Sand

One of the most disconcerting things about our present circumstances is how quickly they change. What was not allowed yesterday is allowed today. But hold on, tomorrow they may be prohibited again. While it seems to be magnified with the pandemic this instability is symptomatic of life in general. Once we gain our footing and have stability something comes along and knocks us off balance. It is as if we are standing on shifting sand. This reminds me of the hymn that declares; “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand”.

The book of Hebrews tells us; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever”. Here are three areas I thought of in which Jesus continues to be who and what he was 2,000 years ago.

1) Purpose

Jesus said he had come to seek and save those who were lost (Luke 19:10) in other words, to bring them into a relationship with God. He told Nicodemus, that God so loved humanity that He gave His son Jesus so those that believed in him would spend eternity with him. That desire remains, no matter the ethnicity, the gender, nor social standing of a person, Jesus's invitation is still “come unto me”.

2) Provision

The Apostle Paul wrote, “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Imagine that, the infinite creator of all things draws from his reservoir of supplies to provide for us. He is not limited by world economics. Inflation does not affect him. There is no concern about a delivery snafu. For that matter, if he did not happen to have what you needed in stock, he could just speak it into existence.

3) Power

Jesus said, “all power is given me in heaven and in earth”. John wrote that “all things were made by him”. Paul prayed, “Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think”. That power has never diminished. There are no blackouts. It cannot be short-circuited. And the most amazing thing is Paul said that power works in us!

We do have something we can count on, a firm foundation to stand upon. There is an absolute, a constant unchanging sure thing. Jesus promised he would never leave nor forsake us. He knows us, he sees us, he loves us. Count on it.

Pastor Steve

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