Recently, while looking at the promise that God will never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), we stated that content helps us better apply that promise. Today, we’ll look at another promise that is again best understood and applied when viewed in its proper context.
The promise is this: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrew 13:8). With good reason we all appreciate that our Lord is predictable, reliable and trustworthy. Unlike us, He is not fickle and His character does not differ from one situation to the next.
With that knowledge under our belt, let’s look at the context that helps us apply this wonderful truth. The verse immediately preceding the reminder of Christ’s unchanging nature says this:
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. (v.7) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever…
Here’s the take-home point – Christ has been faithful to our spiritual leaders before us, and because He does not change, He will also be faithful to us. As Christ helped our spiritual forefathers reach the outcome He desired for them, He will help us reach a similar outcome. What He did for earlier generations, He will do for us. He can do no other.
Do you ever wonder if God will “come through” for you? If so, take a few moments to look back and review His prior faithfulness to you and your predecessors in the faith. Then thank Him for His unchanging goodness. –Dave
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