"Always the Same"
Psalm 121:3-4 "He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep."
One of the things that all of us have in common is our inconsistency. We have our ups and downs, our good days and bad days. And because we continue to be both saint and sinner, we are not consistent in our response to God's grace. Sometimes we feel strong, sometimes weak. Too often we need to admit with Saint Paul that "what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing" (Romans 7:19).
Only God is perfectly consistent. He does not have ups and downs. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The psalmist reminds us that God's steadfast love endures forever. In the giving of His Son, God made a commitment that will never change. He has sealed His promise with the blood of Jesus.
We fall alseep on the job at times. Love cools and commitment wavers. Not so with God! He does not vary between strong times and weak times. Nor does He ever fall asleep on the job. There is no moment or situation when we are beyond His care -- not because we are so strong in holding on to Him, but because He is strong in holding us. He who keeps us will neither slumber nor sleep.
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for watching over me and always remaining the same. I need your strength when I am feeling weak and helpless. Abide with me, Lord. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)
Today's Bible Readings: 2 Samuel 13-14 John 4:1-26
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