LOOKING TO AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
THE Corona virus has turned our world and each individual world upside down! Never in our lifetime have we experienced anything like this current crisis. We can certainly attest to the fact we are navigating in uncharted waters toward an uncertain future. Will the corona virus change the way we live? What will be the new normal? Will it be the old normal? Probably not? What will change? How will life be different? How will my life be different?
Lots of questions. Lots of uncertainty.
Will people eat out less often? With the stay at home order in effect, people's eating habits have changed. Will people see a greater value to eating at home more often? If so, will some well-known restaurants close? If so, how many jobs will be affected?
Will families engage less in extra-curricular activities? Will people enjoy the slower pace of life? And, if so, how will these changes affect both organizations and their employees?
Will people do less shopping at physical retail "box stores?" Will the habit of ordering on line with ease replace the physical visit to a store? And, if so, what retail franchises might close? And what will their employees do?
These questions represent just a few of many that could be listed. There is so much uncertainty concerning the future. We can speculate. But we do not know.
But there is one thing that is certain! In our changing world, we love, know and serve an unchanging JESUS! Indeed, we look beyond an uncertain future to see a "certain" (changeless) JESUS. Hebrews 13:8 declares: "JESUS CHRIST is the same yesterday, today, and forever."
You can be certain of JESUS' presence in your life: "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).
You can be certain of JESUS' peace in your life: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27).
You can be certain of JESUS' provision for your life: "JESUS said to them, 'Children, have you any food?' They answered Him, 'No.' And He said to them, 'Cast your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.' So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish" (John 21: 5-6).
You can be certain of JESUS' power in your life: "And He (JESUS) said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness' (II Corinthians 12:9).
You can be certain of JESUS' promises in your life: "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all
things?" (Romans 8:32).
I came across a quote from Charles H. Spurgeon, commonly referred to as "the prince of preachers,” who served as pastor of Metropolitan Tabernacle in London from 1854-1891. I found a quote from him that fits the theme of the changeless CHRIST:
"It is well that there is one person who is the same. It is well that there is one stable rock amidst the changing billows of this sea of life; for how many and how grievous have been the changes of this year? How many of you who commenced in affluence, have by the panic, which has shaken nations, been reduced almost to poverty? How many of you, who in strong health marched into this place on the first Sabbath of last year, have had to come tottering here, feeling that the breath of man is in his nostrils, and wherein is he to be accounted of? Many of you came to this hall with a numerous family, leaning upon the arm of a choice and much-loved friend. Alas! for love, if thou wert all and naught beside, O earth! For ye have buried those ye loved the best. Some of you have come here childless, or widows, or fatherless, still weeping your recent affliction. Changes have taken place in your estate that have made your heart full of misery. Your cups of sweetness have been dashed with draughts of gall; your golden harvests have had tares cast into the midst of them, and you have had to reap the noxious weed along with the precious grain. Your much fine gold has become dim, and your glory has departed; the sweet frames at the commencement of last year became bitter ones at the end. Your raptures and your ecstasies were turned into depression and forebodings. Alas! for our changes, and hallelujah to Him that hath no change."
Praise our great GOD! In our changing world, we have a personal relationship with the changeless CHRIST! Let us all "rest" in Him during these days of crisis!