Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
(Psalms 25:6 (NIV))
God never changes!
Too many people see God in the Old Testament and they do not see a continuity of character from there to the New Testament. They see the wrath and the plagues and the wars and do not realize that these are witness to God’s mercy and love. All of the events in the Old Testament that we learn as children are manifestations of God’s grace and mercy. Consider the flood. God loved His creation. He did not want to destroy it. He wanted to cleanse it and bring it closer to Him. He saved Noah and his family through the flood. He saved His creatures as well. Look at the Tower of Babel. Again, God wanted to bring His creation closer to Him. Instead, we turned to our own desires. In an attempt to get us to turn to Him, He confused our languages so that we could no longer rely on ourselves. What about Abraham? God called him to be closer to Him. Abraham trusted God and attempted to do as he was asked. Was it a wrathful God that saved Abraham’s nephew, Lot?
God has been calling people and drawing them to Him ever since He created us. He is merciful. He is loving. He longs for us to come out of our sin and turn to Him.
I am not too sure why people find it so difficult to reconcile Old Testament to New Testament. God is the same. He continually called out to us in the Old Testament. He finally called out to us directly through Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son. Jesus did not replace God the Father. He did not replace God’s mercy and love. He came to show us how great that mercy and love is.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
(John 1:1-2 (NIV))
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
(John 1:14 (NIV))
We know that Jesus is part of the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is part of that great mercy and love, just as God the Father is a part of that great mercy and love. God never changes. His authority is forever. His love is forever.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
(Hebrews 13:8 (NIV))