One of the enjoyable experiences in life is revisiting places that were dear to you in your childhood.  Of course, such a venture is full of surprises, because of the changes that occur in any locale.  In days past, communities within communities, formed due to their ethnic backgrounds, were common place in any large city.  Today, if any such areas exist, they are more historic in nature and the landscape is quite different.  Change upon change – old buildings have been razed and new ones erected, those wooden bridges that revolved when opening have been replaced by structures with fixed high spans, and houses, once the work of carpenters using hand tools, have been torn down and the roar of power equipment is heard as new homes are built.  Such changes can leave a sense of emptiness and sadness in our hearts. It is not that there is no appreciation for what is termed progress, nor is there a reluctance to make room for the new --  but the thought comes to us -- is there anything that can remain the same, always  constant, unchanging, possessing an inherent permanence that provides stability, confidence, and develops in the individual integrity and inner peace?  Yes!  In the spiritual realm we can find that which abides forever, the written WORD OF GOD. In its pages we learn of the unchanging Godhead.  The writer of the Hebrews tells us that Jesus Christ, the revealed member of the Trinity, is … “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Heb. 13:8). The Scriptures repeatedly ring out the proclamation … “for I am the LORD, I change not” (Mal. 3:6 KJV).  Jeremiah, God’s prophet when his nation had rejected God’s Word and therefore the people were going to be taken into captivity, was greatly perplexed at what he saw happening around him.  His heart poured out lament for he knew that military defeat and slavery were on the horizon.  Was there anyone or anything that could endure the onslaught of invading armies?  Would the devastation brought about by defeat overwhelm the soul and spirit?  God in His wonderful grace brought to the thinking of this dejected prophet an unchanging Truth … “The LORD'S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.”  “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I have hope/confidence in Him” (Lam. 3:22-24 NASB).  What comfort and serenity these words brought Jeremiah and still bring to us in time of difficulty and uncertainty.  Financial crisis, failing health, marital discord, violence and unemployment all bring tremendous pressures into our lives.  Yet, it is not possible for these calamities to disturb the soul, our faith, nor our trust in the unchanging God as revealed in the unchanging Word.  A life grounded, established and built upon the Rock, Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, finds its spiritual dimension remaining secure in the midst of the storm. The Apostle Peter reminded the Jewish Christians of this while they were suffering great persecution for their faith in Christ.  Rome was confiscating their properties and some had been killed for their faith, but these believers possessed eternal life and a permanent home in heaven.  Their position in Christ, having trusted Him as their Savior, and their spiritual inheritance could not be taken away by anyone or by adverse circumstances … “for you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Peter 1:23 NIV). Thousands of believers have joined the honored roll of martyrs finding in the Lord Jesus Christ that which surpasses all things in this life, and fully confident that … “These [difficulties] have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed” (1 Peter 1:7).

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