In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. - Psalm 102:25-27, NIV
A lot of times we have said or heard the phrase "You never change" with a negative connotation. We ourselves may have heard it as a personal critique of a particular attitude or behavior in our lives. We may have said it to some of our loved ones within the recent past. However, when we think of how God never changes, the phrase takes on a whole new meaning doesn't it?
God never changes, but then perfection doesn't need to change. Never changing is a positive attribute if you are God. If we aren't God, we can always find something in our lives to improve upon. I'm so glad that God doesn't change. I can trust that He will always have the same values, the same compassion and the same power. No matter what I do, His unconditional love and unfailing mercy towards me will always be consistently and wonderfully available. Among the many other gifts God provides us on a daily basis, His stability is definitely one of those gifts.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. - James 1:17, NIV
How stable are you with your emotions and your belief system? Are you steady as a rock or are you like the double-minded man in James 1:8, unstable in all your ways? When something happens in your life that shakes up your world, how do you react? The more mature we are in our faith, the stronger we can stand when the storms of life rage against us - the more unchangeable we can become, holding firm to our core beliefs.
Tools for Tenacity:
1. Daily discipline of bible reading. Renewing our minds daily with the Word of God is the perfect start to a day focused on keeping upright.
2. Prayer. Combined with bible reading as we pray God's word and will over our lives is essential. Through prayer, we can access God's strength to get us through the rough patches.
3. Memorizing scripture. The best defense is always a good offense. :) When storms arise, grabbing hold of a memory verse specifically relevant to your situation can fight off those emotions and strongholds.