Things change. We change. Circumstances change.
Change is always and inevitable. Good change and bad change. Sometimes it seems as if the things we want to change….never do. And yet the things we want to stay the same….become different.
“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” Psalm 33:11
Not many things do that. Stand firm forever. In fact, nothing else will stand firm forever. Nothing that is, except our salvation.
When my circumstances change and leave a rather unpleasant taste in my mouth, it seems easy to ride the wave of disappointment. To follow my circumstances to their bitter end, watch my expectations crumble, and then sit angry at the one who makes all things new. To blame Him for what happened, as if He has somehow had a cosmic personality shift and now has it out for me. As if He has suddenly stopped looking out for my good and now wants to see me suffer and let things get bad…bad…bad.
The truth is, my life can get bad. My circumstances can look bleak. And my mind can choose to follow the wreckage into the gutter, believing that God has now abandoned and forsaken me. But it’s not true. Because my God, our God, doesn’t change. His promises are true today, tomorrow, and forever. He says He loves you…and that’s for always. That He knows what’s best for you…that’s for always. That He will protect you and uphold you with His rightous right hand…that’s for always. Circumstances cannot and will not change the character and goodness of our God. He stands firm. Always.
So we trust Him. We wait on Him. We study His Word. We believe in His character which is righteous, unchanging, and good. It’s not always easy, our eyes are quick to follow the change, but we must keep our focus upon Him who does not change. Our sovereign God, through every generation.
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:20-22