Week 31: From Everlasting to Everlasting

Today’s Text: Psalms 90-92

Key Text: Psalm 90:1-2

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”

You’ve heard it before – the only constant in life is change.”

I suppose that’s mostly true.

Change is how we learn, grow, and mature.

Change is how we find new, creative ways to live out all the possibilities life has for us.

Change is how we learn what works, and doesn’t work, about how we get our most basic needs met.

But there is One who doesn’t change – God.

Oh, I know there are some who argue that God changes just like God’s creation – that part of God’s very nature is a sort of divine evolution – that we are all “works in progress” – even God.

I don’t think that squares with scripture though.

I think the Psalmist has it right.

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations….from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”

I believe God’s basic nature is unchanging – always holy, always righteous, always just, and always merciful.

Everything about my life may be in constant change and certainly all my relationships are ever changing, and hopefully growing. That is certainly true of my relationship with God as well.

But God isn’t the one changing – I am.

I believe we can count on God to be unchanging – and utterly dependable. Ours is not a fickle deity.

So, no matter what else in your life might seem in flux – positively or negatively – I invite you to hold strong to the One who is the same yesterday, today, tomorrow, and evermore. Hold onto God, from everlasting to everlasting.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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