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"It is surely ours to combine these elements of mourning for sin and joy in our salvation in one complex and composite experience which keeps us perpetually humble and yet perpetually joyful too."— Rev William Still

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Everything changes?

We live in a changing world. Everything changes. Nothing remains the same. This is life - as we know it; but what if there's something else, something that's unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable! You may ask the question, "Is such a thing possible?" In the Bible - in the heart of the Old Testament, there's a long Psalm, containing twenty-six verses. It's Psalm 136. The second part of every single one of these twenty-six verses says this: "God's love endures forever." Some things are worth repeating - again and again and again ... We read the same thing, again, in Lamentations 3:22 - "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases." Here, we read something else about the enduring love of God, the "forever" love of God -  "His mercies ... are new every morning" (Lamentations 3:22). New! That's the word many people like to hear. In our ever-changing world, the old is thrown away. It's out-of-date. Here, we have God's unchanging love described as new! When we're reading Psalm 136 and Lamentations 3 , we're reading words from a very long time ago - but they are words that speak to us of something that doesn't grow old, something that's always new - the love of God. In today's world, something that starts off new, very soon, becomes old. The love of God isn't like that - His "mercies never come to an end." (Lamentations 3:22). When everything else is going past its "sell by date", the love of God remains the same. His love is for today - not just yesterday. His love is not only for today. It's for tomorrow. It's for every tomorrow. His love is a faithful love - "Great is Your faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:23). "New every morning" - Day-by-day, God chooses to be faithful. He chooses to keep on loving us. He chooses to never stop loving us. Love - this is His eternal choice, the choice that He affirms to us, again and again and again ...

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