JoyPsalms A Bible Study in the Love of God
All things change except Jesus Christ.
We read the promise in Malachi 3: 6 that the Lord does not change: He is forever, the same. He is faithful, yesterday. He is faithful, today. He was with us then; He is with us now. And so, He remains our sustenance and strength through good times and bad. He encourages and uplifts in the valley and rejoices with us in the mountains. “For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed…” continued in Malachi 3:17: “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”
Are you on the mountain top right now? Or in the valley? Perhaps the lowest you’ve known?
In the valley, clarity is elusive and the darkness overshadows the light of day. Here is where we begin to wonder and wander. Questions, unbidden, flood our minds. It feels as though the air is too thick and we’ll never rise above the circumstances. Sometimes in those dark and lonely moments, it’s even possible for us to wander away from the One who has brought us out of the miry clay of sin. Unthinkable? Yes, but we are much like the Israelites, who actually heard from God directly and witnessed His power, firsthand and turned away from Him, disobeying with all manner of immoralities.
We’re always trying to find our own way. As absurd as it is for me to write it or for you to read it, this can happen or has already happened in a subtle moment of depression or doubt, stress, loss or any time we life our eyes away from Jesus. But His mercy and faithfulness are great. “For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103: 4.
As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. Psalm 103: 3
Beware of that smothering cloak of darkness. Call on Jesus’ blood to cover you with His protection. His sun-bright radiance will replace the night because Jesus is the Bright and Morning Star. The Beginning and the End. Nothing can dissuade Him from keeping His promises to us.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5: 8-11
When we’re on the mountain top, we know His grace, His power, His gentleness and love. We experience a new day. God has come through. We feel His power, see what He can do, what He has done!
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
…the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His.” 2 Timothy 2: 19
Inspiration from 1 Peter 5: 8-11
© 2017 Carol Ann Castagna
He leads me by quiet waters. Psalm 23: 2