Expect Twists, Bumps and Surprises Along the Way

“This phrase, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of things that are shaken, that is, things that have been made, in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:27-28).

Since God plans our life, we might suppose that our life would fall into a predictable pattern with few surprises. But that’s not the case at all. In fact, God brings us through many varied experiences in order to test and strengthen our faith. At times we even feel like passengers on a rollercoaster. We never know what’s around the next bend, and the ride seems at times turbulent and unpredictable.

In a bumpy environment, we should cling to things that do not change. Here are three unchangeable truths we can hold on to:

1. God does not change.
In a world where beliefs, traditions, and society changes before our eyes, it’s comforting to reflect on God’s unchanging character (see Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8). He will never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), because His love for us never changes. In a world of heartbreak and uncertainty, it’s good to trust in One who will not fail us.

2. God and His promises are worthy of our trust.
The Apostle Paul opens his letter to Titus with a valuable promise and truth:

“In hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began” (Titus 1:2).

Strictly speaking, this verse alone should carry us through any twists and turns along the way. When we depart this life, only one thing matters: God’s faithfulness in bringing to pass all of His promises. God cannot lie, nor can He fail to bring to pass a promise that He has made to us. We get shook about the setbacks and reversals of this life, but some things remain sure and steadfast; God will keep His word and both He and His promises are worthy of our deepest trust.

3. We need to focus our eyes and hearts on eternal truths.

Peter, in writing to disbursed Christians facing uncertainty and persecution, wrote this:

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13).

Note the degree of trust he asks us to place in God: “set your hope fully. . .” In order to experience maximum peace and a sense of security in this life, we must place our hope fully in God and His promises.

Life can “fool” us at times, but it need not rob us of the joy and certainty of our place in God’s kingdom and His love for us.

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