The Christmas Prologue 6: Stability in a changing world.
John 1: 10-13 “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
John is clearly referring to the Jews and how in their rejection the Gentiles were given the same rights to be known as children of God. However, let us not look at us, but to Him and to His persistent unchanging love which is not slowed down by the negative response He gets.
He came and has kept on coming to the world He created, some don’t want Him but some do, but undeterred He keeps to His plan for us. He continually loves the unloved and the unloving of which we all were and at times still find ourselves back in those categories.
He is ruthlessly persistent in loving and wanting the best for our lives.
Here are 3 important truths to remember:
- He does not change.
He remains everlasting, eternal, unchanging God, Father of lights with whom there is no shadow of turning. We change but He does not. We fall out of love with Him but He does not. We turn our back on Him but He does not. We want to give up but He does not.
- He does not change His plans for you.
You may feel rejected or a failure, disillusioned or bitter, you may have changed your plans a million times, you may have even decided never to follow God again. Yet His plans for you are still the same. He cannot and will not change them. His plans contain promises that are not for your disaster but for your abundance, a future and a hope.
- He does not change His love for you.
God loves with an everlasting love and an unchanging love. It is not conditional.
You are His. You belong to Him. No matter who you are or what you have done will never change the way He thinks about you.
In 2019 you will have seen many changes to your life. Successes but also failures. Fears and joys. Mountain tops and valleys. Heavenly experiences and hellish moments. You end this year either revived or exhausted. Whatever 2020 holds for you there will again be changes that you have to navigate through. But you will do it in the knowledge that your God will not change either His plans for your life nor His love for you!