Here’s a easy question:
Have you ever been told phrases such as: “Well that was the Old Testament God” or “I only follow Jesus because he is an advocate of love, the Old testament God just wanted to kill everyone”, or my personal favorite “God changed when Jesus died”.
As a christian I’m sure you’ve heard one of these in your lifetime, and you know they are wrong, but….how do you know they are wrong?
This Saturday Morning devo is also a slight look into a tool for Christ: Apologetics. (two for one!)
Apologetics are logical arguments or writings that justify something, in this case they justify the truth we know: God's never changing and always constant.
As christians we are called to be examples of Christ, and guys, Jesus knew his scripture, we should strive to as well. In the old testament we find, easter eggs per say of what the attributes of God are, but please, PLEASE, do not simply take my word for it. Look it up yourself! Here is my favorite passage to use when people say those phrases to me.
Moses had just come up to Mount Sinai, carrying the second set of the stones that were to be used to inscribe the 10 commandments, (remember how the first set was destroyed by Moses when he was angry after seeing the golden calf? If you do not remember you should read it in Exodus 32)
The Lord meets Moses in a cloud:
“6 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.” 8 And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. 9 And he said, “If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.”
Look at some of the attributes God associates with himself.
Is this the God you know? The one that is merciful and a forgiver of transgressions, but who will by no mean leave the evil unpunished? A God who has continual steadfast love for thousands? Is this your God. Well yeah, He is. And when we look at what Jesus said, how he taught and spoke and served, we see a complete, perfect, and beautiful reflection of the God we love.
Jesus is merciful-He healed the sick Jesus is forgiving- He forgave the woman caught in sexual sin Jesus does not let evil go unpunished- Remember that whole temple “table turning” fiasco, that was righteously kindled anger.
When you keep track of all the attributes you find, both in the Old and the New testament the truth is still the truth we have instilled in us. God is never changing and always constant.
This should encourage you in many ways but here are three easy and applicable ones
If God is always constant (which He is), than his love for me will not fade, He loves you so, so much. Please don’t discount the love that God the Father has for you. If God is never changing (Which He is), then I can take the bible as truth and I can trust that it is the only truth. Even when lies come that sound like truth, by comparing them to the bible the truth will always be found out.
If God is Never Changing, and Always Constant (WHICH HE IS), I need to live my life according to His never changing truths, in this ever changing world.
Our God is never changing, he is the same Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. This is a comfort :) Our Lord is still forgiving, compassionate, a keeper of promises, a just ruler, our rescuer, our good father, and our creator.
Take some time this week to get to know God, your time will not be a waste.
I had a teacher in bible college who encouraged my class to spend one night asking God to speak to us. Most of us stayed up and waited to hear from the Lord, but my heart was selfish, and I had a big test the next day and did not think that I would feel well rested and able to complete my test (silly me). I told this to my teacher and he really challenged me saying “ Lexie, if you don’t think God is big enough to give you a good night’s sleep after you spend the time to talk to Him, than I’m not sure you have a choice; you need to Hear from him.” BAM!... conviction like a sucker punch. Honestly you guys, It was a very intimate night, God showed me amazing things and guess what, I felt completely rested and even more energized and joyful than I ever would have been by just sleeping…
Don’t be like me, don’t think that something is above God. Take the time you have to get to know him..it will not come back void.
I love you guys!