The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.” –Introduction to the Book of Job, 1907 ( G. K Chesterton)
One of the riddles of God is His Immutability, His unchangeableness, and I find it among His many of His attributes, to be one of most comforting. God alone is perfect and everything He does is perfect, and complete, when He does something once’ He does it to perfection and in the incredible way of His profound creativity, He does it again, the same yet also different. Like the sunrise He commands everyday, every single day , He commands the sun to shine, and everyday the same perfection appears again, and again. Like the people made in His perfect image, He makes the same again, the same but different, Not one will be duplicate but the same father who fashioned the Cosmos and delights in expanding it daily, so He makes the world of people, He sets His love upon. Perfect, the same but completely different. This paradox does only make good sense when God is the author. For He does all things well in His time.
All the change agents in this world who rally around, ever wanting something different make the same error, they are never content with monotony. Routine and stability. In fact the modern society does much to de-stabilize itself to its own hurt, and so do we when we are discontented with our lot or state. Can there ever be anything grander than being made in the “imageo dei” the image of God. Yet we are not content with that. The Apostle Paul writes that godliness with contentment is great gain” We put a lot of stock into change, change into this and change into that. When our greatest asset is in being and not doing, what needed to be done has been done, Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures. There is no adding to that. Believing on Jesus to be our ever present help in times of need is all that is required. ( And for most of us that is all the time.
God is splendid, in His monotony, His unchanging unwavering, promises, always reliable, always there. So why don’t’ we take a step back and instead of wanting to change the world, let us conform to Christ, and learn contentment in what we are and in what we have. ( The one more than the other) And sit back and enjoy again the glory of God in a blade of grass and in the rustling of falling leaves in the autumn time. In the springtime of youth and in the limitations of old age. God has not changed, nor will He. His mercies, they are new every morning, Great is His Faithfullness.
Great is thy faithfulness, O God, My Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee.
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not;
As thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.
Great is thy faithfulness, Great is thy faithfulness;
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
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