We live in a chaotic and constantly changing world right now, and we could all use some stability. Children need stability, the weather needs stability, and our 401k’s need stability! High prices, airline delays, shortages, a pandemic, war, crime, 24/7 news and more have all added to our stress lately. Our world is changing at record rates. I wonder how recognizable our world will be in another thirty years. And yet with all of these constant changes, it makes it hard to determine what is actually true or not. Even my weather app changes its predictions from sunny to rain in a matter of minutes. It seems facts are only true for a few minutes or a day or two until some other fact has replaced it. I have heard more people recently say than ever before, “I just don’t trust anyone anymore.”
And while I too share those cynical remarks, it has also reminded me just how important it is to know there is still one constant, unchanged, imperishable force in our world that we can completely trust to tell us the truth, and will always look out for our best interest. And that is Jesus. Although the Bible and the teachings of Jesus are considered “old-fashioned” by many in our culture, it can be comforting to know it is the one thing in our crazy world that will not change based on the latest opinion or fad. God is unchanged. God planned for us a Savior since the creation of the world. God knew we would need it and God provided it. God has never failed His promises. His words and message have stood the test of time for thousands of years, through the rise and fall of governments and countries, through all the good and the bad. God gave us a Savior and a way to redemption through Jesus. Jesus is trustworthy, and his enduring message of hope and forgiveness is the only real, lasting solution for our world. He came to help not hurt. Jesus loves all of us, even at our worst. And we need this reminder now, possibly more than ever before in our recent history.
Many want to know what would Jesus do or say about the moral issues we are facing today. Well, I can’t remember a time in history when there were not moral, social, and political issues. Jesus treated each person individually, as we are all accountable to God individually. Jesus did not get involved in politics or special interest groups, as those things change over time and are dependent on people not God. Jesus came down from heaven to earth as the image of the invisible God, and walked beside His creation for one reason only – to save us. Jesus’ message is timeless and still relevant today as much as it was then. It is a message of hope and healing and redemption, and it sounds refreshing in this old, tired world.
We’ve tried everything else. We have more knowledge than ever before, yet more uncertainty. Facts keep changing, our trusted leaders fail us, and we seem to disagree on everything. Yet, deep down we all want similar things. We want fairness, we want justice, and we want to know the truth. We want to be loved, recognized, and valued. Jesus freely gives us all of that but it is not measured by the values of this world. Jesus gives us something lasting, unchangeable, and good. In this chaotic and constantly changing world, that is something I want to grab onto and hold on for all its worth! I hope you will too.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and He made the stars also. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness.
And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:16-18