The official start to the fall season began last week. This is my favorite time of the year. It is more than getting a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. Summer is too hot, and winter is too cold with the accompaniment of snow. There is something to be said about the cool crisp air throughout the day and the crunching of leaves under my feet. No matter where I have lived there has been a shift in my life. Seasons. As I recall going through various changes, there is a tug at my heart. Some changes for the better, other changes not so much.
“Constant” is a phrase that comes to mind. According to the Google dictionary, constant can be defined as “remaining the same over a period of time.” Immediately, Hebrews chapter 13, verse 8 resonates with me. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Jesus Christ is constant. I made prayers as a little boy for Him to order my steps. Now as a grown man I have asked to have boldness and courage to share His unchanging Truth to this hurting world. At all times my prayers were directed to the exact same God. Did you catch that? EXACT SAME GOD.
This God who answered my prayer and acted on my behalf is an unchanging God who did amazing things back in biblical times. King Hezekiah is a wonderful biblical example; he told his people to keep their faith in God and pray for delivery from their enemy the Assyrians. King Sennacharib led the Assyrians, who wanted to lay siege on the city of Jerusalem. That night an angel of the Lord killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers which made the rest of the Assyrian army return home without a fight (2 Kings 19). It can be said that “whenever God’s people follow His plan; He wages war on their behalf” (Sue Schlensman).
To be honest, often times we tend to believe our ways and decisions are better than God’s. Nothing is further than the truth. Situations and unforeseen circumstances can cloud our perspective and judgement. It is important to remember that even when everything around us is unstable; the Creator of Heaven and Earth is the only solid foundation that is trustworthy and unshakeable. What God has done before He can and will do again. We need to learn how to maintain a fresh perspective by focusing on the eternal and vertical relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ, instead of things in this world that are temporary, which are horizontal. It truly is a blessing to have an active and unchanging God on our side instead of doing life alone. The choice is up to each of us.