Isn’t There Anything We Can Count on Anymore?

What can you count on these days? And of all the people you know, who can you put your trust in knowing that they’ll never let you down? Your doctor, pastor, teacher, or friend? Maybe. But sometimes even these people let you down.

A young mother tells about the friendship that sprang up between her 5-year-old son, Christopher, and Katie, their next-door neighbor. All summer long the two children were inseparable—climbing trees, riding bikes, playing together. Then September came and the first day of Kindergarten arrived. Katie put on a pretty pink dress with long trim and headed for Christopher’s house, so they could walk to school together. When he heard the bell, Christopher ran to the door, opened it, took one look at Katie, and ran back to his bedroom crying. His mother ran after him to find out what was wrong. “It’s Katie!” he sobbed. “She’s a girl!”

Husbands. Wives. Doctors. Teachers. Church leaders. Public servants. Family. Friends. These are the people we ought to be able to rely upon. Unfortunately, oftentimes we cannot. In fact, as I go down the list of people and things you and I typically depend on, my conclusion is that there isn’t anybody or anything in life that is perfectly reliable…except the Lord Himself. Friends falter. Doctors make wrong diagnoses. Spouses cheat. Politicians are notorious for empty campaign promises. Teachers make mistakes. Even parents fail their children at times. So who or what can we absolutely trust in knowing without question that they will never disappoint us? A well-known preacher summed it up like this:

       Trust in yourself, and you are doomed to disappointment; Trust in your friends, and they will die and leave you; Trust in money, and you may have it taken from you; Trust in reputation, and some slanderous tongue may blast it; But trust in God, and you will never be disappointed in time or eternity.

The reason we can trust God is that He is the one unchangeable constant in an otherwise ever-changing universe. He is unchanging in His person, unchanging in His character, unchanging in His purposes, and unchanging in His promises to you and me. This was David’s confidence as he wrote Psalm 20:7, “Some boast in chariots, and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord our God.” Why? Because He is the Only Person who will never let us down. James 1:17 tells us, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” Hebrews 13:8 adds this assurance, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

This post continues my series entitled “God: A Self-Portrait.” This week’s study will focus on His changelessness, or as theologians call it, His immutability. But again, the purpose of this study is not to fill our minds with more information about God; it’s to fill our hearts with more love for Him, to increase our capacity to trust Him, and to be more like Him in all we think, do, and say. Tomorrow we’ll attempt to do that by pondering the changelessness of His Person.

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