Human beings are creatures of habit who are prone to resist change. Nothing disturbs us like a routine that is interrupted. Typically, we want things the way they were. Seldom do we view changing events from God’s perspective who does not change.
God’s vantage point of our life is like having a bird’s-eye-view of a parade. From above one can see all the events of the parade from start to finish, but God knows all the changing events even before the grand marshal signals the start of the parade. So it is with our lives. God sees and knows the seasons in our whole life from beginning to end before we are even born. Yet, in the midst of it all He is a constant presence (Psalm 46:1) who has a plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11).
Change can be viewed as good or bad. According to Ecclesiastes 3, there is a season and time for everything, such as, “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.” Often these changing circumstances take us by surprise. Any of us are potentially moments away from the unknown; life altering events that can take us from laughing to weeping and from weeping to laughing. We are blindsided by them, but God is not.
Sometimes change make us feel as if we’ve been hit broad side in a car wreck and we’re spinning out of control. How does a person maintain control when he loses his job, when her spouse commits adultery, or when a loved one dies? How does the parent cope with grief over a wayward child or a child diagnosed with a terminal illness? From a national perspective, how do we as American citizens respond when confronted with terrorism, and the import of Islamic fundamentalism? Seeking the answer to all these questions begin by taking our eyes off our lowly circumstances and lifting our eyes up to God for help (Psalm 121).
Difficult times tempt us to live in fear fixating on circumstances. The result can be a life lived in isolation and/or despair. We can easily delude ourselves that we are in such a helpless state of affairs that Christ’s power is insufficient to deliver us. If we choose self-sufficiency, a downward spiral is usually the result. Yet the Bible tells us to live by faith, not fear.
We live by faith because God Himself is faithful. His faithfulness requires Him to be unchanging and unchangeable. God said, “For I, the LORD, do not change” (Malachi 3:6). The Psalmist said, “But You are the same, And Your years will not come to an end” (Psalm 102:27). Lamentations 3:22-23 states that “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
We place our hope in God because He has proven Himself unchangeable and faithful. When our circumstances tempt us to fear, God is faithful to not only be present but also to make a way for deliverance from the temptation to fear. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 10:13, said, “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
This promise of the presence of God in the midst of fearful circumstances is illustrated in Matthew 14:22-33. Peter is an example of one who trusted Jesus and walked on water but became fearful of the wind-driven waves. Fear of the immediate circumstances led to Peter’s crisis of faith and trust. Yet when he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately took hold of him saving him from drowning.
Despite the circumstances you find yourself in or the events that are beyond your control, God remains loving, true, unchanging, and faithful. He is present when we suffer. In all of life’s circumstances, we are called to remain committed to Jesus Christ who paid the penalty for sin to make salvation available for all. We are called to share this message of salvation to the lost, but in doing so, we must not fear the Deceiver or our adversaries who also stand for evil. When confronted by evildoers the Bible tells us, "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
AFA President, Tim Wildmon, has said, “Our confidence is in the unchanging God, but we know there are hardships ahead in restoring a sense of moral sanity to our nation. I know that you know the road ahead is long, and your support is essential.” AFA is committed to respond to challenges by faith, not fear, and committed to the Bible as the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. At AFA we believe One Thing Never Changes.
AFA invites your support both prayerfully and financially. We also ask that you hold with us this promise from God and share the response of faith found in Hebrews 13:5-6:
“I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”
so that we confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?”