Hebrews 13:5, 6, 8 Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. So we say with confidence, the Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
A year ago this time we were experiencing things in our world that I couldn’t believe was really happening. The shutting down of businesses and churches and having a stay at home order in place was the new normal. Face masks were being manufactured by the thousands and disinfected wipes and toilet paper was a treasured commodity. (Still haven’t figured out what toilet paper had to do with the Coronavirus!) Everything in our world was being turned upside down! Some of us were fixing makeshift offices in our homes so we could work from home. Some essential workers were still on the job. We were all glued to our TVs and our phones to see how the numbers were climbing and how many cases were reported in our city and state. People were starting to hunker down in their homes in this new normal environment we were forced into. But, no matter how high the numbers went, no matter how many shelves were empty, no matter how many businesses and churches suffered losses, one thing remained the same! Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Today we are still experiencing the effects of the Coronavirus as thousands of lives have been affected by sickness and death, by financial loss and stress. Today the focus is on the vaccines and who gets them and who is scheduled to get them in the coming days and weeks. Businesses and churches have opened their doors to a near normal routine and families are being able to see their loved ones after a year of just being able to peer through the glass. There is still chaos in the world and there are still masks that have to be worn and social distancing that has to take place, but no matter what, one thing remains the same, Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.
When all this erupted last year God gave me the promises in Psalm 91 and Hebrews 13 to stand on. As I have stood on those promises so many times over the last year I am still constantly reminded that no matter what happens, no matter how many changes take place, no matter what, Jesus Christ is my helper and He will never leave me or forsake me, for He is the same yesterday and today and forever!
I am a person that likes consistency. I like routines and knowing what is coming and knowing what I have scheduled. I know that every morning I will be going to work by 8:00 AMand I will be leaving work at 5:00 PM. I know what needs to be done on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and etc. I know what bills have to be paid when and I can count on payday coming twice a month. I like routines. When all this happened a year ago and everything was up in the air as to when we could leave our homes, when we could return to work, when we could worship together again, I struggled with all the uncertainties. But one thing I could count on and knew for certain that no matter what, Jesus Christ would never leave me or forsake me and He is the same yesterday and today and forever!
No matter what is going on in your world today, you can count on that promise too. No matter if you are facing surgery, having health issues, facing financial difficulties, struggling with the loss of a loved one, struggling with parenting your children or having difficulty in your marriage. Jesus Christ is still the answer to all of those issues. He is faithful. He will never leave you or forsake you. Just put your trust in Him to see you through that surgery, those health issues, those financial woes, heal your broken heart, heal your marriage and give you the strength to deal with the challenges of being a parent. For Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever! Praise His Name!
Notes from the Staff @The Woods