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Girlfriends in God - Oct. 27, 2008

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October 27, 2008 
God Never Changes 
Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth 
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)

Friend to Friend 
My husband, Steve, became a Christian in High School and has never wavered from his strong faith in Christ.  He was never a rebellious child, but just a good ol' all-American kid.  As an adult, he has been a model citizen and exemplary Christian.  I guess you might say that he is the male version of Snow White.

One problem that Steve does have, along with every other man, is trying to understand the mysteries of the internal working of that fascinating creature called …woman.  To top it all off, the poor fellow has seven female employees (translation:  seven sets of hormones and seven schedules of PMS).  They are all wonderful Christians, but women none-the-less.

As I listened to his stories about the seven women, and sensed his frustration in trying to figure them out, I kept getting this picture in my mind of "Dr. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."  If you remember, the dwarfs' names were Doc, Bashful, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, and Grumpy.  I decided what he needed to do was to make name tags of the seven dwarfs and put them in a basket.  Each morning, when the women came in the office, they could reach in the basket and get out a name tag which expressed how they were feeling on that particular day.  That way it would take the guesswork out, and Steve would know how to respond to each lady on any given day.

Of course, at the end of each day, he would have to collect the name tags, put them back into the basket, and bring them home so I could pick out which dwarf I was on that day.  Poor men!  We women do make it hard for them.

As I think about how our emotions can flit back and forth on any given day, I am comforted by the fact that we serve a God who never changes.  He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. (Hebrews 13:8) The Bible is full of different names for God that describe for us unchangeable characteristics of His nature. He is Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord who provides; Jehovah-rah, the Lord who heals; Jehovah-shalom, the Lord our peace; Jehovah-Shammah, the Lord who is there.  God can change anything He wants to change, but remains unchanged in Himself.  He is our Rock that is without deviation.

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:10)

Let’s Pray 
Dear Lord, as the ever-changing world swirls around me, I am so thankful that You remain the same.  Thank You for being the constant in my life – the North Star that guides my compass and gives me direction as the world and my life spin on its axis.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen

Now It’s Your Turn 
Think of all the things that have changed in your life over the past year.

Make a list of the ways that you’ve seen God remain the same through the changes.

How does God’s unchanging nature give you hope in a changing world?

How would you like to memorize half of a psalm in the next sixty seconds?  Want to give it a try?  Turn to Psalm 136.  After each sentence, there is an echo, “His love endures forever.”  If you repeat those words twenty-six times, you have quoted half of the psalm!  David begins by reminding us that God created the world, led the captives out of Egypt and through the desert, and conquered the enemies of the Israelites so they could move into the Promised Land.  While He works in many varied ways and with many different people, one thing remains the same – “His love endures forever!”  He never changes.

More From The Girlfriends 
This story of “Dr. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was adapted from Sharon’s devotion book, Extraordinary Moments with God.  To learn more, see http://www.sharonjaynes.com/  

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