September 10th, 2019
I just had an interesting experience with my cable company. You know they are no longer ‘cable TV’ providers. They’ve become telephone companies, internet service providers, and the local company that serves our area, now has become a cellular phone company as well.
Banks are doing the same thing; you can buy investment products and insurance products from banks anymore.
Hopefully if you consider doing that, they don’t perform like our cable provider did tonight.
This evening marked the 3rd, 4th, and 5th interaction I had with these people. Encounter one and two took place in the last two weeks but tonight was a marathon.
I won’t go into the technical aspects of what I was attempting to accomplish, it suffices to say that I was attempting to upgrade a service. The very first contact a few weeks ago posed a tremendous proposition, which in hindsight I should have taken advantage of on the spot, because every subsequent contact has resulted in a diminishing of the offer, and greater complexity in the process, as well as additional costs.
No, I should have grabbed that deal.
The point of this is that people in general, are highly unreliable in most situations. And this seems to be more the case today than in days gone by. Regardless of if this is an actual trend of our culture or simply me waxing poetically about the past, the reality is that our fellow inhabitants of this planet are some pretty unreliable folks for the most part.
To the point where they might even be considered less predictable than the weather.
So, this taken into account, where can we place our confidence? What is solid and unshakeable by nature?
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never becomes faint or weary; there is no limit to his understanding.
Isaiah 40:28 (CSB)
If we are looking for stability, there is none more stable than God Himself.
Sure, you may find outstanding individuals who adhere more consistently to a set of standards and practices, but ultimately if they are human, they will slip up and fall short of any standard they set for themselves.
God sets a standard.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God presented him as an atoning sacrifice in his blood, received through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. God presented him to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so that he would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.
Romans 3:23-26 (CSB)
God recognizes the fatal flaw in humanity. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Before we even get out of the starting gate we have not measured up to God’s standard.
But notice that this conversation doesn’t stop short with only telling us that we are a lost cause from the performance standpoint. No, God understands our inability to meet his standard, hence the reason He through His Son provided a means of imparting His grace upon us!
Because of God’s reliability, we can have confidence in His Grace.
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
John 10:28-30 (CSB)
It’s not, I’m going to try and put up a good fight to keep you. It is NO ONE will be able to take us from his Grace, no one can steal us from his love. He “is greater than all.”
Coincidentally, Jesus reminds us the He and the Father are one in the same.
We don’t ever have to be the least bit concerned about the possibility that Jesus will back out on what He’s told us or the promises He has committed to us.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 (CSB)
And speaking of promises they are full and abundant.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17 (CSB)
These are “good and perfect” gifts and again we are reminded about the steadfastness of the Lord, “who does not change like shifting shadows.”
So, when we have questions we can rely on His Word. God has assembled sixty-six books in the Holy Bible, these range from Genesis and the beginning of God’s work with humanity, to Revelation, where Christ the King returns to bring his Church home. Not a might be, but a will be, and that will be appears to be getting closer every day.
If God who is unchanging, assembled such a book of books to tell us about Himself, to convey His love and desire that we can be set free from sin to share an eternity with the one who has loved us more than anyone possibly can; tells us We can trust him and he has our best interests at heart. We can bank on it!
We can not only rely on Him, but in His Word, and the reliability of the answers in His Word.
In His Grace!