|Today’s Scripture: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Hebrews 13:8|
God never changes – He’s always the same. He has always and will always love you. He loves you enough to have sent His Son to die for you. (John 3:16) He has blessed you with all spiritual blessings. (Ephesians 1:3) He does wondrous things. (Psalm 72:18) He has promised never to leave or forsake you. (Hebrews 12:5) He is faithful and full of mercy. (Lamentations 3:22-23) He will always be just as He has always been.
Yet, many times we come to the Lord doubting Him. We face our trial and fail to see that He knows what we are going through. In fact, He allowed those circumstances into our lives. Without His approval, nothing can get to us. We may not understand why, but He knows that each trial we face is for our benefit.
God is no different when we are on the mountain top or in the valley – He is always the same. When we are showered with blessings, He is no different than when He allows the devil to hit you with everything he’s got. Job understood this, and though he was in agonizing pain and had lost his children, he still praised God.
First, Job realized that God owned everything and was not wrong in taking his possessions. “And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21) Job also realized that God was in control and that we have no say in how God treats us. When his wife told him to curse God and die, Job responded, “But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” (Job 2:10) Even though Job was in this situation, he realized that God was still the same. God hadn’t suddenly become evil; He was still the same God Who had blessed Job immensely.
No matter what you are facing, God is still the same. He still loves you; He is still merciful, faithful, and gracious. He hasn’t abandoned you in your time of trouble, rather, He will use the trials to show His power. Trust Him to get you through what you are facing today – He’s still the same God Who has delivered you from Hell and from many other trials in the past.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder