Dear Fellow Disciple-Maker,
When I read the Bible, I sometimes wonder if I live in the same world that people in Bible times lived in. I often don't see the link between the age of technology and the world of Abraham, Moses, David and Paul. I usually think: Yes, God did all that then, and it was wonderful for all of those people, but that was a different world. How do all of those stories help me now?
It is true that in terms of space, time and culture, the people in Bible times lived in a much different historical era. But what links us to the stories of real people in Bible times is in reality not our circumstances, culture or language, but rather God Himself. God is what links us to Bible characters who lived in Bible times. The same God that related to them then, is the same God that relates to us now. And here is the good news: God has never changed. What He was then, He is today.
People are created. Created things have a beginning and an end, but not their Creator. When a child asks, "Who made God?" the simple answer is God did not need to be made, for He has always been there. God exists forever and is always the same. He does not grow older with time. He does not gain new powers or lose the ones He already has. He cannot change for the better or for the worse. Perhaps the most fundamental difference between the Creator and his creatures is that we change over time, and God does not. From everlasting to everlasting you are God (Psalm 90:2).
I have often said things that I didn't really mean simply because I had not thought the matter through. All of us can think of times when we had to eat our words because we learned new facts. But God has never said something that later needed to be changed. God's words stand forever and never need to be amended or recalled. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of God will stand forever (Isaiah 40:8).
God's ways do not change. He blesses those He loves in a way that simultaneously humbles them and gives Himself glory. That is the way he works. He still hates sin and uses all kinds of inward and outward pain to turn people from compromise and disobedience. God still wants to detach our love from other things and attach it to Himself. There is no difference between the way God dealt with people in Bible times and the way he deals with people today.
God's Son does not change. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The hearts of people today can still hear his voice just like in Bible times. His touch still has the power to save, heal and sustain. Remind yourself that Jesus is just as risen from the dead and alive today as He was in the days of the early church. He is still near us and with us.
Is your current personal world one of change and chaos? Living in a different period of history would probably not change that reality. Ours is a world that is constantly changing. It's time to look to heaven and put your faith in the One who never changes.
His grace never changes; His gospel never changes; His love for you never changes; His awareness of your daily needs never changes; His promise to hear and answer your prayers never changes; His purposes and goals never change; His power never changes; His scale of values never change. Why? Because we have an unchangeable God.
Author:Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
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