There was a 8 year old boy who loved to go fishing with his father. One night his father promised that they would leave first thing in the morning to go fishing. The boy could hardly sleep but when he woke the next morning it was raining very heavily. So the boy became angry and complained all morning long. His father tried to explain to him that the rain was needed because they were in a drought. But the boy kept asking ‘why did it have to rain today?’ Shortly after noon it stopped raining and the sun came out. The father and the boy went fishing and caught more fish than they had ever caught before. They brought the fish home and cooked some of it and had it for supper. As they sat down, the father asked the boy to ask the blessing. The boy prayed this prayer; ‘God, if I sounded a little grumpy earlier today, it was because I thought this afternoon would look just like this morning.’
That is our problem as well. We think that our present ircumstances will never change. Everything must change; nothing stays the same but there is one thing that is solid and unchangeable. It is God. God has always been and will always be. God has no beginning or end. He is eternal. Since God is unchangeable, we can always count on Him. We cannot always count on our friends. They let us down at times. Their love is conditioned on our performance. But not God’s. His love is everlasting and therefore unchanging. He always acts out of His love for us. The better we know Him the more we shall be able to trust Him and hold on to Him for stability and strength when everything around us is changing. We may begin to think God has changed when we go through trials but nothing could be further from the truth. We must remember that God is changing us, getting us ready for eternity where things will never change.
Don’t allow your faith to waiver in times like these. Weigh the changes that come your way with an eternal perspective. Keep your focus on what is important, what really matters. Solomon said; “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” (Eccl.3:11b). That means that area of your life where you hurt the most, God is working for your good. (Romans 8:28). Don’t try to figure it out. Accept it, glean from it and trust God through it all. God loves you and wants nothing but the best for you. We can count on that. It is the promise of an unchanging God.