The human experience is one of constant change. A baby cries and his years pass as swiftly as a deer runs. The infant, once soft and vibrant, ages and wrinkles as the seasons come and go. The old man can scarce remember his previous years as he draws his last breath. Grave-diggers turn the cold red clay as they empty out six-feet of ground near the church where the child had played, the teenager had been baptized, and the young man had married his wife.
Such is the way of man; he is born, he lives for a time, and then he dies and is buried in some lonely cemetery. Man is born to change. And while he lives, he also dies. Sobering!
Yet, its not only physiological changes that slows his step, grays his hair, and that brings pain to his body; he is also changing emotionally and volitionally. He wavers. The hymn-writer put it poignantly: “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it; Prone to leave the God I love.” Everyone wavers,
Susie Spurgeon wrote:
O heart of mine, inconstant and wavering, is not the fact that thou hast an immutable God one of thy choicest comforts; is it not the blessed sanctuary where alone thy weary wings can fold themselves to perfect rest? When friends fail and forsake, when earthly joys vanish, when a sense of the instability of the world’s firmest things shakes thy whole being with a great dread, and thine own fickleness is the saddest part of it all;–then, thy Lord’s immutability is a tower of refuge, into which thou canst enter, and cling fearlessly to His assurance, ‘I am the Lord, I change not.’
What must we do with our ever changing situation?
- Cry Out To the Unchangeable God.
- Confess our inconstant and wavering heart.
- Comfort our heart by recalling that God is Immutable.
- Come beneath the “blessed sanctuary” of God’s sameness.
- Cast our care only on God. Friends will forsake, joys will vanish, death comes.
- Cling fearlessly to The Scripture: “I am the Lord, I change not.”
Ray Rhodes is the author of Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, pastor of Grace Community Church of Dawsonville, GA, and president of Nourished in the Word Ministries. Contact him here for speaking engagments. Follow Susie on Facebook.
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