September has finally arrived in Las Vegas and with that comes the much-anticipated change to cooler temperatures. Living in Las Vegas has many wonderful benefits and pleasures but when you come to the end of a summer in Las Vegas, you are more than ready for the change to cooler temperatures. Actually I personally like the heat in Vegas but I must admit, I too am more than ready for the cooler temperatures that begin in September. I truly believe most people prefer the changes which come with any season. After a long cold Winter, one is very ready to stop wearing all those warms clothes and looking forward to seeing the sun and feeling its warmth on their skin.
To be more precise, I believe most people like change of some sort in their lives, but some of the changes which take place in our lives are not always welcomed with open arms. No matter how much we go the gym or how healthy we eat or how often we go the doctor, we will never change the process of getting old. I have seen some very fit men and women in the gym who are well into their years; who have taken great care of their bodies and it is more than inspiring to see. One day as I was talking a friend in the gym, I happen to ask him if he had seen this person we both knew who though was well into his years, was one of thsoe who were in extremely excellent condition. Anyone who knew him, would always comment on the excellent picture of health he was. My friend turned to me and said, “Didn’t you hear, he passed away a few weeks ago.”
Change in our life and in this world will always take place, whether we like it or not. People change, governments change, jobs change, churches change, loyalty changes and even some of our closest and dearest friends change. Often the changes we see taking place are not to our liking but the changes will still take place. How many times have we met someone we knew so very well yet haven’t seen in a while and after visiting with them, we leave and think to ourselves, “Boy, has he or she changed!” Sometimes the changes we see are for the better but sometimes the changes are not good and we wonder what happened to cause that change. Maybe it was a very difficult trial in their life or the tragic and unexpected loss of a loved one. Maybe it was the loss of a job, a home or a very difficult disappointment in their life. What is one to do???
The Lord declares in Malachi 3:6a NKJV “For I the Lord, I do not change“ Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” One of my commentaries writes: “Change implies imperfection; it changes to that which is either more perfect or less perfect: to somewhat which that being, who changes, is not or has not” It is the Lord, the One who never changes, who asks us, the imperfect ones, to change. Speaking of the Lord, Samuel declares in 1 Samuel 15:29 “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man, that He should change His mind.”
All these truths, and many others in the Scriptures which declare the Lord we serve never changes His mind about anything He declares in His Word, should give us hope and comfort. Seasons come and go, things and people in this life and world are constantly changing but the Lord we serve never changes and His love endures forever and covers a multitude of sins! If you have made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life my friend, then live your life in that assurance and truth. There is a world who desperately needs to see and hear that truth lived out to its fullest!
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