Hebrews 6:12-20(NIV)

12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.   

13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,  14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”  15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.  16 Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.  17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,  20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.   

James 1:17 (NIV)

17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.   

DEVOTION -Larry Crockett (Tennessee)

My wife, Holly, had decided to surprise our daughter Jessie at her school for kindergarten lunch.  After they finished eating, Holly  suggested a game of Telephone (also called Gossip), where the first person whispers a phrase or sentence into the next person’s ear.  the second person passes on what they thought they heard, until all participants have received the message.  Then, the last person says aloud what was said to them.  Usually, the final statement is vastly different from the initial one.

Jessie started one of the rounds by whispering, “God is always the same.”  The game went on, around the table, through several little kindergartners, until the final statement was revealed:  “God is always the same.”  The original statement had not changed at all.

James 1:17 tells us that God is steadfast, unchanging.  Numbers 23:19 also speaks of God’s faithfulness:  “God is not human, that he should lie…[or] change his mind.  Does he speak and then not act?  Does he promise and not fulfill?”  We can trust and rely on God.  Over a period of several thousand years, God promised the Messiah – and that promise was filled in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.  How amazing was this steadfast promise!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God is always dependable and trustworthy.

PRAYER: Dear God, in a constantly-changing world, remind us that you are trustworthy and that your promises never change.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.