Sunday, March 20, 2011

Unfolding the Variables

My kids had a science fair yesterday.  I was a judge (for the other kids, not theirs).  They each had to identify the constant, the independent variable, and the dependent variable.  It got me thinking about my Christian life and if that could be related at all to it.  I think it can in some small way.  Let's start with the constant.  That would be God.  James 1:17 says, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."  The dependent variable is the thing to be measured.  I would say that is where we are in our walk with God, how close we are to Him.  The independent variables are the things that are changed to produce a result.  These are the struggles we come across in life.  These things are constantly changing.  They are different for everybody, and each life will experience many, many struggles before it has ended.  No matter what the struggle, though, I know one thing for certain, GOD IS CONSTANT.  He NEVER changes.  When things are good, like the verse says, God doesn't change; but when things are tough GOD NEVER CHANGES.  In no way am I making light of any struggles anyone has.  I just know that whatever I am going through I can always go to God.  I know right where to look. I know He will hear every word I utter.

Hebrews 12:2 says, "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."  How do we fix our eyes on something that is always moving?  We can't.  If we don't know if God is going to hear us, why would we go to Him?  If we don't know if He's going to be mad or happy, why would we go to Him?  God's Word tells us that we should FIX our eyes on Jesus.  This means He is constant, unmoving.  His love never changes.  He loves you just as much today as He did yesterday and as much as He'll love you tomorrow.  He wouldn't have gone to the cross if His love changed from day to day.

Hebrews also says He is the author and perfecter of our faith.  The more we depend on Him, the more we become like Him.  He perfects our faith.  It can't be helped.  When we are in his presence, we are changed.  May we all remember in good times and in bad God wants us to look to Him.  He loves each and every one of us.  He NEVER changes, but thank God he changes us!!!!!!