In our Koinonia groups, we have been examining the meaning of an immutable God, and I have found great comfort in this topic. In our topsy turvy world we are flying high one day, confident and excited about opportunities and accomplishments, then the next day we may feel the great weight of the world.
I asked my students to jot down some ideas about how these are the best of times and the worst of times, here are some of their responses:
“It’s the best of times because it’s my senior year, and I got accepted into college.”
“We have phones unlocking with your face and cars driving themselves.”
“There's about to be a lot of school delays and closings”
“College is expensive.”
“There are threats and tension with countries that are making advancements.”
“We have almost grown accustomed to tensions within our world.”
“People seem to be taking our religion less seriously”
So how are we to make sense of this? Is this tension of best and worst normal?
“In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him,” Ecclesiastes 7:14.
So if this is normal where do we find comfort?
God is immutable. The God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament. His plan of salvation has not changed from the beginning. He has accomplished what we could not. He took our greatest burden, our sin, and defeated death and the devil for us. This must be love! With this confidence we should be able to tackle this topsy turvy life.
Social Studies Teacher