Sunday, April 20, 2014
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LOOKING UP: Seeking stability in a changing world

Does anything last? Can we count on anything to remain the same in an ever-changing world?

 

Wordsworth wrote:

My heart leaps up when I behold

A rainbow in the sky:

So was it when my life began

So is it now I am a man:

So be it when I shall grow old,

Or let me die!

Paul penned: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love." (1 Cor. 13:13)

The Pentateuch proclaimed: "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease." (Gen. 8:22)

Isaiah assures us that "the Word of our God shall stand forever." (Isa. 40:8)

The Hebrews writer makes it clear: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Heb. 13:8)

How can we survive increasing and frightening changes the world throws at us, and even the changes that time brings to our own bodies? It seems to me that the key to stability is to tie ourselves and our relationships to those things that are constant, and especially to those things that are eternal. We invest way too much of ourselves in that which is temporary. The Apostle put it this way: "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen." (2 Cor. 4:18) Unless we see the unseen, we tend to misuse the things we can see and hold. We so often fear the loss of things that will not count eternally while flagrantly tossing away the stuff of true and lasting value.

The truly happy people I know today are "rolling with the punches." They may not like some of the changes they face, but they are looking to the Changeless for their hope. They are constantly evaluating their lives in view of vast eternity and making sure that their investments have positive eternal consequences. It would be a shame to be one who "gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul." (Matt. 16:26)

Grace Noll Crowell said what I am trying to say so much better:

Whatever else be lost among the years,

God still abides, and love remains the same,

And bravery will glimmer through men's tears,

And truth will keep its clean and upright name.

As long as life lasts there will ever be

Kindness and justice and high loyalty.

In a bewildered world these things will hold

The human heart from darkness and despair.

Old as the sun and moon and stars are old,

Remaining constant, they are ever there,

Lodestars for men to steer their courses by.

The eternal things of life can never die.

"Lord, You have been our dwelling place throughout all generations."--Psa. 90:1