by: Rich Vaughan
With all that said, and to continue on the theme from yesterday’s devotion, “WE KNOW WHO HOLDS THE FUTURE”, I would like to continue to remind us about who we are and whose we are. With all the uncertainly and different things we are experiencing this year we need to remember in our hearts that “Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow” (Hebrews 13:8). Maybe you just think that is a clever Biblical saying or it is a “nice” memory verse. But while prior to March, 2020 many might have thought that, today it is a foundation stone for us.
There are many things that have been crazy this year. For a little while I had hoped that the COVID 19 Virus would bring the politicians together on common ground. I sure missed that one! I had hoped that this period of time would help families refocus on Jesus, the importance of church, and the importance of family time. The jury is still out on that, but I am afraid that we are losing the edge on that as time continues to move on. While I understood why people were protesting after the death of George Floyd, I had hope that if violence and riots erupted, the places would respond fairly, but firmly, and stop the riots. I really missed on that one to. I almost don’t recognize the America I grew up in and love so passionately.
So, I am frustrated, somewhat angry, and not all that happy a pastor and American. With that said, that is why Hebrews 13:8 is so important to me now in the world of today. I NEED TO REMEMBER THAT WITH ALL THE UPS AND DOWNS OF LIFE – JESUS IS ROCK SOLID. His teachings have not changed, His love and grace are exactly the same. The Holy Spirit that he offers to all Disciples is still active and available to all of us, to empower us and lead us and the church. None of that has changed. Maybe we need to be humming and singing every morning the old hymn, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ love and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. ON CHRIST THE SOLID ROCK I STAND, ALL OTHER GROUND IS SINKING SAND; ALL OTHER GROUND IS SINKING SAND” (Hymn 368 Methodist Hymn book).