God never changes
"Jesus is the same today, yesterday and forever." Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)
"I, the Lord do not change." Malachi 3:6 (NIV)
A traditional light bulb with a sad face drawn on it, and one compact
flourescent bulb (the squiggly kind)
I brought a friend of mine with me today. Here he is – Larry the Light Bulb.
Let me ask you: does Larry look happy or sad? He’s very sad. That’s because he just heard some
disturbing news. He’s being phased out. Something about having too big a carbon footprint. I
didn't even know he had feet!
But it means he uses too much energy, so in a few years they won’t be making light bulbs like this
any more. Instead, they’ll be making bulbs like this. (Show squiggly bulb.) You’ve probably seen
these. They use a lot less energy than Larry does.
So, poor Larry has gotten outdated. And lots of things get outdated. Can you think of anything else
that gets outdated? (Cars, clothing, hairstyles, music, etc.)
Well, everything in the world changes – including us! We get older every day! But the Bible tells us
that some things never change. Malachi 3:6 says, "I, the Lord do not change.” So God doesn’t
change. And Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.” So Jesus
never changes. And in Matthew 24:35 Jesus says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my
words will never pass away.” So Jesus’ words never change.
So when things all around us are constantly changing, it can be a little scary. But we can always
count on God and Jesus to stay the same forever. And we can count on them to always love us
and to always be there for us.
And that’s something we should pray about: Heavenly Father, we thank you that no matter how
much things around us change, you will never leave us or stop loving us. Help us to love you back
and to always stay true to you as well. We ask this in Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen
Song: “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”
Copyright © 2009 Steven Rudolph. All rights reserved.
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