I recently got a funny email opining that 2020 is a four-letter word. Another said that work is a four-letter word. Even if you don’t routinely use vulgar four-letter words, perhaps you remember using one the last time you hit your thumb with a hammer. When it seems like things aren’t going well, we can easily and quickly succumb to our weakest nature. When everything seems to be crumbling, it’s important to remember that God is a consistent and loving Creator-Father. He will never let you down; He can always be counted on; He is unchangeable, reliable and trustworthy. How do we know? Because He said so in His Word and His word is trustworthy. If that sounds like a circular argument, spend more time in His Word and talking with Him in prayer and you’ll confirm this for yourself.
James 1:17 says, “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.” God is immutable and absolute; He does not change. Isaiah 40: 28 tells us, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.” Psalm 102: 27 says, “But Thou art the same, and thy years will not come to an end.” Malachi 3: 6 tells us, “For I, the Lord, do not change…” 1 Samuel 15: 29 says, “…for He is not a man that He should change His mind.” Finally, 2Timothy 2:13 says, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.”
When everything around you appears crazy, and you have no idea what’s around the next corner in life, it’s comforting to know with certainty that God is not indecisive or moody; He is a completely wise and consistent Father. In times of confusion and rapid change, we all need something or someone that’s a reliable anchor for our emotions so we don’t crumble into a fearful and terrified pile of pity. God alone is the perfect source of stability; He is in the business of helping those who know Him handle the stress of 2020 as well as what’s around the corner in 2021 and beyond.
There’s only one problem: On this planet, besides death and taxes, little else is certain. But with absolute confidence, you can count on the unwavering promises of your Heavenly Father. Don’t be tricked into thinking you’ll find comfort and peace elsewhere, because elsewhere always lets you down. Only God is unchangeable, reliable and trustworthy. You can definitely count on Him.
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