Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Unchanging Grace

Things they are a changing.  

I'll let you decide just what those things might be in your life. 

In mine--it happened 5 days ago.  I had a birthday--a big one.  I'm 60.  I say it with pride--I've earned every minute, hour, day, week, month and year.  I wouldn't go back--not ever. 

A few weeks ago, I posted on Facebook a funny thing that happened while I was watching my five year old granddaughter.  She was looking at my wedding album. (The pictures are 41 years old.)

When I told her that those two young people in the pictures were Grandma and Puppa, I could see the confusion on her face.  She studied the images.  ...And--nope--she was not a believer.  She flat out said, "No.  That's not you."  She would not believe that these two people were her Grandma and Puppa.  She studied the photo while I tried to convinced her.  Then after much debate she conceded with this exception.  "Grandma, I like you better now."

Did I mention I adore her?

Each time I look in the mirror or see a picture from a few years ago--I know I'm changing.   

Not too long ago our church sang a song with these words "unchanging grace."  They leaped off the screen and into my heart.  With all the crazy around me with things changing--it was a blessed reminder that I have this truth to hold on to.  God's Unchanging Grace is constant, abiding, eternal. 

Most of us know the meaning of Grace--unmerited favor.  It means we don't deserve it and there is nothing we can do to earn it--it's freely given and that--my friend...will never change.

James 1:16-18 (NKJV) says this about God’s ability to change.

Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turningOf His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

You may or may not like the things in your life that are changing, but I pray you will find peace in the truth of God's Unchanging Grace--with him there is no variation or shadow of turning.  Your name tag may say, Hello-My name is CHANGE!  But God's would look like this:

Hello-My name is...UNCHANGING GOD!


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