Weather Report From Heaven: Sunny and bright, with an abundance of light and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture- “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.” – Genesis 1:26 & 1:31
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” – “Genesis 3:6-7
Insight: The only constant in this world is change. Boy is that true today, but in reality it has always been true. In the first 3 Chapters of Genesis, we get a picture of how things are always going to be in flux due to our sinful nature as human beings. We go from being created in God’s image and given full dominion over ever other living creature on the earth in Chapter 1, to the prideful rebellion in the Garden of Eden in Chapter 3 which introduces sin into the world, and the blame game starts right away with Adam blaming Eve, and Eve blaming the Serpent. In other words, in 3 short chapters of the Bible the whole trajectory of our existence on Earth has changed! I find that fascinating! It only took us 3 chapters of the Bible to mess up God’s perfect plan.
Ever since, constant change has been par for humanity. Nothing stays the same very long. If you are not adaptable to changing conditions in this world, you will not make it very far. We must be adaptable and resourceful to survive. In fact, nothing is stable apart from the truth of God’s word in Jesus Christ. This past year has certainly magnified that truth. There are always internal or external factors at play that keep things in motion, and it appears to be accelerating due to the instantaneous dissemination of information and the speed at which most people process that information. Change is constant, and it can trip you up at any moment. What changes can affect us daily? How about the weather, traffic, our careers, our relationships, the economy, our portfolios, global terrorism, a global pandemic out of nowhere, our bosses, our moods, corruption at every level of Government. This is but a small sub set of things that can cause change in our lives in an instant, many of which we have no control over, leaving us feeling unstable most of the time.
We have become increasingly short term focused in our society, which leads to a need for instant gratification as everything becomes a matter of satisfying our needs and desires. Fear based living at its finest! Businesses want quicker results and make quicker decisions and are judged on quarterly results. Sports teams’ change their personnel at an alarming rate if they aren’t winning immediately, not giving time for a culture to be developed within an organization that could provide stability. Relationships are being blown apart as soon as one partner feels the other one no longer meets their needs. Commitment has been replaced by convenience. The media and Big Tech use their platforms to create the news, and then use their pulpit to censor anyone who disagrees with their narrative. It is easy to become disoriented, distracted and discouraged in all that is going on around us. Too much change leaves us exhausted and feeling insignificant. That is why it is so important to know where to look to find some stability in our world. Hebrews 13:8 promises that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Christ is the Rock and the Redeemer, the First and the Last, the One who never changes in a world that is constantly changing, the only One on whom we can build a firm foundation, the One who is steadfast in His commitments, the only One who has the power to forgive our sins and free us from the bondage of our past. In Him alone, we are forgiven, free and fearless.So, we focus our gaze on Him, the One who can restore our sense of equilibrium, inner peace and hope and protect us from the craziness that is taking place in the world. As King David wrote is Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” If the Lord is your shepherd, there is nothing you lack! Let that sink in for a moment. That is a thought that brings us stability in a world that lacks it!