Tag Archives: Hebrews 13:8

You Can’t Compartmentalize God

Father, I have often thought of your rock solid, never-changing consistency You are the same “yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 Your faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1 These are truly awesome aspects of who You are.

But sitting here reading and praying and thinking, it comes to my mind that I can know many things about who You are but, at least on this side of eternity, I cannot know everything about You. I mean, You are God! How can I, in my finite humanity, know but a small portion of Your infinite divinity?! Just thinking along these lines literally blows me away – my mind is going every which a way! It is simply not possible to keep you in a box – to think I could every possibly begin to understand the multifaceted particulars of who You are.

There is a children’s Sunday School song (of all things!) that speaks of You as a fountain flowing deep and wide. But how true it is! I could never begin to fathom Your depths. In times past I’ve pictured myself floating in a body of water representative of You. There is no fear but all I can see in every direction is water – deep and wide, deep and wide…

In our pride, we like to think we have You all figured out. We have You all compartmentalized along with everything else in life…but it just can’t be done! You are an awesome God! We could all spend every single minute of every day in contemplation of You and after thousands of years, we would just scratch the surface!

It is overwhelming – yes…but Your greatest desire, I truly believe, is for us to have a relationship with You – an intimate relationship. You know literally everything there is to know about us and You want us to know all we can possibly can about You! Thank You for making that possible. You loved us so much that You gave Your one and only Son so that we might be saved from our sin and reconciled to You. Thank You thank You, thank You! You are truly an awesome God!

I’ve said that too many times no to share Rich Mullins’ song, Awesome God!

Feb 11th, Sat, 5:44 am

How You Are with Me

Father, words are just inadequate to express my thoughts toward You. In my life, which is up and down and here and there, You are constant and consistent. You are solid. You cannot be shaken. You are ever on even keel. These are traits of You overall but, at least for me, this is how You are with me.

Lord, I have done nothing to be treated this way. So often I feel like the “difficult” child in Karen’s first grade class. There’s a way I am supposed to be, a way I’m supposed to act but I am not, I don’t. I run around when I’m to be sitting . I talk when silence is required. I break my crayons. I doodle on my papers. I belch at the most inappropriate times. I run instead of walk. So often I am an absolute mess!

But You? Hebrews 13:8 assures me that You are “the same yesterday today, and forever.” And that is truly how You are overall but, just as truly, that is how You are with me.

You are patient and kind. You are not irritable, and You keep no record of being wronged. You never give up on me, never lose faith in me. You are always hopeful, and You endure through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) You are love and You love me…

Thank You, Lord, for being who You are. Thank You for loving me where I am. And think You for loving me enough to help me be all I can be in You. This peanut butter and jelly faced, runny nosed kid can and will be so much more. You love me and that makes all the difference.

Jan 17th, Tues, 6:18 am

Stability

Father, be with us as we enter these days of transition. As Karen begins another school year and as I and others acclimate ourselves to new leadership at work, may we keep You at the center of our speech and actions. Help us to exude Your grace and love in abundance to those we encounter.

James 1:16-18 (<<click here)

Lord, Your word clearly states that all things good come from You and that as the Amplified Bible puts it “there is no variation” in You. You never change. You are a constant. Hebrews 13:8 reads, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

With all the craziness, change and uncertainty in this world, Lord, I am so grateful for Your consistency in my life. And Your presence in my life helps me to be that way, too. I surely haven’t mastered it but You faithfully continue to work in my life.

In many ways the stability that You bring to me and that I try to live out is what draws others to You. Quite often I crack under the pressures of life and do not respond in ways that reflect Your presence in my life.

Fill my thoughts today, Lord Jesus. Permeate them so that my knee-jerk reaction is not anger, or spite or retaliation but instead is love, joy, and peace. Amen.

August 9th, Tuesday 6:37 am

Flux

Father, so many things in life are in a constant state flux. A common statement in many places is “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes.” Not that long ago (last week?) we had snow on the ground and yesterday it was sunny and in the 70’s. When I got home late last night the sky was clear with every star shining in its radiance, today clouds are here and rain isn’t too far behind. Flux rules the day. Situations that we feel are secure can change in the blink of an eye. That’s just the way it is, and we can’t do a thing about it. If we really think about it, the only consistent aspect of life is inconsistency!

But, Lord, You do not fit into this mold. It clearly states in Hebrews 13:8 that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” You are constant. We can build our lives upon You because You are rock-solid. Nothing can move You. Nothing can displace You. But mankind surely works hard enough trying to!

From the very beginning we have tried to displace You but the only place we have been successful is in our own hearts. Many have usurped the throne of our own lives but every single one of us, will have no choice but to abdicate that throne when we bow before You on that inevitable Judgment Day.

Why is it that we strive so diligently for stability in our lives yet we refuse to yield to the one Person who could give it to us? We would rather control our own lives with all of our inconsistencies and holes and heartaches and missed opportunities and dissatisfaction than give ourselves over to the One who would give us fulfillment beyond our wildest dreams, One who sees the big picture and is able to sustain and guide us through all of life’s ups and downs.

Jesus, I will continue to acknowledge Your Lordship over my life. Life is fuller, richer, sweeter with You on the throne. I have direction. I have stability. And no matter what life throws at me I know You are with me consistent and flux free!

Mar 9th, Wed, 5:15 am