Today’s scripture selection: First Samuel 11-15
Key verse: First Samuel 15:29
“He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind.”
The prophet Samuel was not one to beat around the bush. He came right to the point. And one of the main problems he had with the people he served was that they would rather put their trust in man than God. They had done that by demanding Saul as their king. Then, when that wasn’t working out too well, they wanted someone else.
In response Samuel reminded Saul and the people that God is anything but fickle. He is consistent. He keeps His promises.
That’s something to hold onto in a world where so much changes, so quickly.
One of the things that I hear often is people complaining how “unsure” things are in their lives. Their career plans seem to be shifting under their feet, dependent on what the latest “change of management” above them has decided. If they are parents, they often say they don’t know how to confront the constantly changing challenges of parenthood. If they are older, and their health is failing, they say they can’t even trust that their own bodies to work like they should.
Change is constant – and stressful – and inevitable.
But God is constant too: God’s love, strength, wisdom, compassion, guidance – all consistent – and all constant.
That’s something you can count on today.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your consistent, wise, loving presence in my life. AMEN.