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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

“There is nothing permanent except change.”–Heraclitus

I read this post today and it bothered me. Why? Because it is not true, or only partially true. Yes, we might agree everything does change. I get old, my ideas change, my likes change, society changes, many things in life change. But there are some things that don't change and because they don't change we are able to do science. We are able to send men to the moon and travel around the world in planes. Many of today's inventions in science are the result of unchanging laws of nature. 

Without these unchanging laws we won't have been able to calculate how to get to the moon. It was the consistency of those laws that made scientific discovery possible. Oherwise, if everything was changing, science would be impossible. Science is based upon these unchanging laws. Our understanding of the laws might change and become more profound over time, but those laws, like gravity, continue to operate in a conforming manner. They don't change. Yes, they may be winding down and eventually go to mass entropy and death. But the laws are constant. Why is that? Why is 2+2 always 4, unless you are playing word games? Because these laws of science and of reasoning and of nature are a reflection of the eternal laws of the creation's creator. 
Image result for "I am the Lord, I change not."The Bible tells us, "I am the Lord, I change not."[1] In the New Testament we read, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever."[2] God and His eternal love for us is unchanging, and everlasting. In the Psalms we read, “O my God,” I say, “take me not away in the midst of my days— you whose years endure throughout all generations!” Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end."[3] 

We also read, "O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endures for ever."[4]





Jeremiah the prophet writes, "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."[5] 
Jesus even said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."[6]

So you see, there are some things that are constant, like God and His love for you and me. In Genesis after the flood God promised that the seasons would not change while the earth remained. He said, "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."[7] He promised that nature would act constantly the same, just like it has over all recorded history. That's why we can do science and find things out, try to figure how God did things and how He keeps them running. Without this fact of God's unchanging nature, science wouldn't even be possible. It is the fact that God is unchanging and His love for us is unchanging that this weary world has any hope at all. Call upon Him and His unchanging steadfast love. Build your life on Him the solid Rock of God, unchanging and sure from everlasting to everlasting. In Jesus' name we pray.







Notes

[1] Malachi 3:6
[2] Hebrews 13:8
[3] Psalm 102:24-27
[4] 1 Chronicles 16:34
[5] Lamentations 3:22-23
[6] Matthew 24:35
[7] Genesis 8:22

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