17th June 2017

All Change 

“Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.’”
Isaiah 46:9–10 (NKJV)

In our human world all is ever in flux. Our universe is marked by change; nothing stays the same. And the danger is that we can lose sight that God isn’t subject to change; for him, dwelling in eternity, everything stays constantly the same.

If we consider our lives to be the sum of our years, and that as time passes, time seems for us to speed up, think what must time be like for God, who stands apart from time. He is intimately involved with His creation as it experiences time. but is not limited by time as we are. An interesting insight is given by Jesus who talked about God considering those long dead as current for him. He is referred to not as once the God of Jacob and Isaac, but as their current God. This flummoxed the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, but it shouldn’t us. Indeed, we need the wider perspective of our God, because eternity is our destiny too. Sure, we’ll be joining somewhere along the way, whereas he’s been there since the beginning, but unless we can take on something of his perspective, we’re always going to sell God short in his dealings with humans, with us.

God doesn’t change he tells us. And because he doesn’t change by nature, we are not liable to some sort of fickle variation in his treatment of us. God’s love for us is eternal and constant. And that has to be good news. We may slip and slide in our approach to God, thanks to the passage of time for us and our constant bent towards sinning, but God views us in exactly the same way as he viewed Adam and Eve and all who have ever followed them. After all, before he created us, he created our way of escape, our means of redemption and salvation, the ultimate rescue package for us. Everything was in place before man was placed in the Garden of Eden—indeed, apparently even before Satan sinned that first sin.

Somehow, God was able to see into our minds and being, and to know the only thing that would work. Somehow, he wanted to be able to demonstrate his love but also to show the heinous nature of sin. To be able to convey somehow to human beings his hatred and essential separation from sin, and yet to be able to deal with creatures who are addicted and enslaved by sin. Such a quandary posed to any human committee or action group would have quailed under the momentous quest set before them. And yet the beauty of the simplicity of the way of salvation is a marvel to behold, once God reveals and convicts us of the necessity for it to be done his way. Of all the human-devised religious ways of living, none ever comes close to the simplicity, completeness and beauty of God’s way of salvation.

It is a privilege to be given even the slight understanding we have been given in this life. One day we will understand it to its fullness and be given insight into its great depths. But, for the present, I don’t think we could handle such information, and so God is his wisdom and mercy, withholds it from us.

Magnificent Father, help us to grasp your plan for us and to embrace it as the uttermost expression of your love for us. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by John Stettaford


About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School,
Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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