Kathi provides encouraging and comforting words:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today,
and forever (Hebrews 13:8, NKJV)
The Scriptures, however, paint a very different picture. We see a God who never changes, whose love endures forever, whose character is 100 percent dependable, and whose Word is rock solid. Hebrews 13:8 sums it up this way: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
I remember when, as a relatively new Christian, I first read that verse. It was painted above the altar at the church I’d started attending. Each time I read it, my heart was encouraged and my faith grew—until some things in my personal life fell apart. Then I began to question God’s faithfulness. How could such a thing happen to me? Why would a faithful Father allow it?
Thankfully I had a close friend, much more mature in the Lord than I, who reminded me that God didn’t promise we would never have difficulties or hardships or even changes in our lives. In fact, she explained, we could count on such things regularly, so long as we live on this sin-damaged earth. However, she also explained that we could choose to allow those things to damage our faith and drive a wedge between us and God—or we could choose to hand those very difficulties and heartaches and incomprehensible changes over to a loving, unchanging God who has promised to bring good even out of those things that seem so bad.
It has taken many years for me to come to the place of unshakable faith that says, “Regardless of what the world or the enemy throws at me, I know my God is good and that He never changes.” I also know that place of faith will continue to be challenged until the end of my earthly days. But I know above all else that Hebrews 13:8 is true, and I have chosen to cling to that truth until I am released to soar into His presence.
My prayer is that you too have made that same choice, and that you will encourage others to do so as well.
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Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and was the 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net. Her novel set in China, Red Ink, was named Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and was also a Carol Award Finalist; her October 2012 release, Unexpected Christmas Hero, was named 2012 Book of the Year by BookandAuthors.net. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband.
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