OUR UNCHANGING GOD

OUR UNCHANGING GOD

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THE EVER-CHANGING NATURE OF MAN THROUGH TIME

Unlike the Creator, the creation man is a being of change, more like a chameleon, changing with society or a time period, trying to blend in while possibly taking the risk of losing the distinct identity God has given each one of us. With some hubris mixed in, we even attempt to alter the time frame that God has set in motion. In Michigan, we “gain extra time” in November 3rd by turning the clocks back one hour. Daylight Savings Time—the human attempt to make better use of God’s natural light.

God doesn’t think in terms of one day, one hour, one minute, or one second like we do. Yet, He does expect us to make good use of our time here on earth.

 We must work the works of Him who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work. (John 9:4)

 5 Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one. (Colossians 4:5-6)

 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:15-17)

 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and get gain”; 14 whereas you do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Whoever knows what is right to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.       (2 Peter 3:8-9)

We say we will change the time “tomorrow” by one hour, granting ourselves an extra sixty minutes of time. Yet, tomorrow is not guaranteed. It is today that we have to do the work of the Lord. It is today that we have to make a difference in the lives of those we encounter. It is today that we have to work, to pray, to be grateful.

Yet, we are going forth with this time change of one hour tomorrow. If another day is given to us by the Lord, what will we do with this extra hour?

–Will we stay up later the night before, so we don’t lose any sleep from our usual routine?

–Will we just sleep in one hour later?

–Will we arise earlier to get work done around the house?

–Will we use the extra time to spend with our families?

–Will we use the time to go into work earlier for overtime?

–Will we make use of the hour to pray and commune with our Lord?

–Will we help a friend in need?

–Will we gift a random act of kindness to a stranger?

–Will we read His Word?

What will we do with the extra hour we intend to give ourselves?

8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:8-9)

We must remember to always keep in mind that God is in control, not us. Our time is given by Him and taken by Him. What we do with this time must be for Him.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8)

(Sharon G. Tate blog 11/02/19)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

By No Other Name–I AM

Psalms_8-9 thy name

 

13 Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”
14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:13-14)

God declares His name in the present tense, for He has always been, is now, and shall forever be. Stating “I AM WHO I AM” with precise clarity, God describes His character which speaks for itself. It is “WHO I AM.

A name can speak authority, manifest power, declare celebrity, carry legacy. Each name represents life and existence, along with the capability of what we can become. We are named at birth, but the significance of our given name is what we do with our lives. This
becomes our character and our legacy, recognized by–and represented through– our name.

In a Beatles’ song, Eleanor Rigby is “buried along with her name.” ¹ There is no legacy, no lasting measure of a difference made by living.

There is a name, however, that we can chose, beyond our birth name, which gives us eternal life and the opportunity to make a lasting difference in this temporal life. Bearing the name “Christian” means speaking with the authority of the Word, manifesting the power found in Christ, shining with the celebrity of His name (that has not faded with
time), and carrying the weight of His legacy. The character that accompanies this name “Christian” must be worthy. Who we are should clearly show the character of Christ.

The significance of being called “Christian” is clearly shown upon examination of this word. The suffix “ian” or “an” in the word “Christian” means the following: “belonging to or relating to; typical of or resembling; adhering to or following; a person who specializes or is expert in.”² Bearing the name “Christian,” we belong and relate to, resemble, adhere to and follow Christ. We should be specialists and experts in what it means to be a Christian.

By no other name can we enter eternity with Christ but “Christian.” Our character must reveal Christ through our actions and our words to bear this name. It is the name that will not be left on a tombstone to fade and disappear with time. It is a name that will endure and be acknowledged by Christ as we enter the presence of I AM forever.

¹ “Eleanor Rigby” by the Beatles/1966 release/Album Revolver                                                    ² Suffix “ian” or “an” meaning from dictionary.com

(Sharon G. Tate blog 04/28/18) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word