Thursday, July 16, 2015

“Changed By the Changeless”

   God exists as the only unchanging being and reality, a good thing since perfection characterizes His nature, character, and way.  "I am the Lord, I change not… As for God, His way is perfect" (Malachi 3:6; II Samuel 22:31).  We wouldn't want Him to change, or to be anything other than "the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).  Conversely, as finite beings, we require ongoing change, particularly in  seeking to know, love, trust, obey, and relate to the Infinite.  A path of spiritual progress ever lies before us, beckoning us to come closer, soar higher, and dive deeper.  "Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18).

    No more thrilling prospect can present itself to our hearts and minds.  New facets and features of the triune God will forever beckon us to discover the goodness and greatness of Father Son, and Holy Spirit.  "Call unto Me, and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3).  As creatures made for the personal knowledge of our Lord, such possibility of growth offers to us the Gift of all gifts.  We may always better know the Glory that requires not even a hint of need for growth, progress, or transformation.  We are thus changed by beholding the Changeless - "Beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, we are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (II Corinthians 3:18).  

    Great security awaits believers who realize the inviolable Foundation upon which we rest our hearts.  "He is the Rock" (Deuteronomy 32:4).  Upon this basis, we then venture forth on a voyage of eternal discovery, of which (Whom) the poet so beautifully charted, "Shoreless Ocean, who can sound Thee?  Thine own eternity is round Thee, majesty Divine!"  The One who cannot change, who needs no change, whom we would not want to change, calls His trusting children in Christ to the transformation of our character, nature, and way by our beholding His perpetual perfection.

There is no end to the quest we know, 
forever beckons on.
For we soar in skies so bright and blue,
above all hint of storm.

Yes, we fly into the heart of God
 as in His Son we trust,
and earth will soon be nothing more
than long forgotten dust.

So spread your wings and catch the wind,
o journeyman of hope,
and race toward horizons blessed
with those who also know

That the quest of hearts is Jesus,
He is our shining sun.
It matters not how far we've come,
the journey's just begun.

"This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent."
(John 17:3)

Weekly Memory Verse
  He is the rock, His work is perfect, for all His ways are done in judgment, a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He.
(Deuteronomy 32:4)

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