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Two Unchangeable Things

The book definition of unchangeable is not liable to variation or able to be altered: From a human perspective, you may claim to be stubborn and unchangeable, but the sinful condition will result in Peter like moments no matter how hard you try. Whether it’s “I’ll never do this” or “I’ll never say that,” there was a reason Solomon wrote, “pride comes before the fall,” Proverbs 16:18. Despite this fatal flaw, we do have a great high priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, Hebrews 4:14-16.

This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us], Hebrews 6:18.

According to one New Testament author, there are two spiritual things that are unchangeable. God’s promise beginning in Genesis 3:15, brought up by Jesus in Luke 19:10 and fulfilled in Jesus’ resurrection, 1 Peter 1:3. The second is God’s oath sworn to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3. While this promise seemed iffy as Sarah was unable to have children and became well beyond the age of a normal conception, but with God anything is possible. Abraham and Sarah learned this the hard way, despite doubting on numerous occasions.

[Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot [c]break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches [d]farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil, 20 Where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with [e]the rank) of Melchizedek, Hebrews 6:19-20.

The passage above deals with the reality of doubt. When your faith starts to slip, God offers a sure and steadfast anchor. Symbolic of hope, the author is trying to remind flawed human beings of God’s power to endure and survive the storms of life. Although human beings will break their promises to one another, God’s promise and oath are guaranteed for life, 1 John 5:13-15. Therefore, don’t let anxiety, concerns and worry rock your faith. Rather, hold fast to the promises of the Bible, 2 Peter 1:3-4.

by Jay Mankus

The Departing

Exit, go away, leave, retreat, and withdraw are all words associated with depart. For the codependent, when an influential figure in your life abruptly disappears, finding a replacement takes time. After anointing Saul as King of Israel, an Old Testament prophet regrets his decision. Something happened to Saul between 1 Samuel 10:11 and 1 Samuel 15:11. If pride comes before the fall, self reliance led Saul to slowly depart from his faith.

He said to her, In what form is he? And she said, An old man comes up, covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground and made obeisance, 1 Samuel 28:14.

The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates coined the expression “desperate times calls for desperate measures.” The exact quote can be found in the Amorphisms. Under the pressure of severe circumstances, certain decisions have to be made that may not be in the best interests of everyone involved. However, if a hardship or trial causes you to abandon God, you might want to think twice. Once you depart God, don’t be surprised if the Lord does the same.

And Samuel said to Saul, Why have you disturbed me to bring me up? Saul answered, I am bitterly distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me and answers me no more, either by prophets or by dreams. Therefore I have called you, that you may make known to me what I should do, 1 Samuel 28:15.

The Boy that Cried Wolf is one of Aesop’s Fables. This story illustrates what happens when you keep sounding a false alarm. When the wolf does come to attack, no one will come to your rescue. The same came be true about a relationship with God, Matthew 6:14-15. Therefore, the next time you have a feeling or urge to depart your faith, remember the pain of Saul so that you come back to God with attentive ears and an obedient heart.

by Jay Mankus

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