So Yesterday
Priscilla Richardson, She Speaks Graduate

"Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in heaven." Psalm 119:89 (NASB)

We live in a society that prizes change. Whether it's the most recent dictum of haute couture from the world of fashion, or the latest in technical gadgets, we are enamored with the idea that newer and different is better.

Let the word "change" fall from a politician's lips, and his or her future is suddenly golden. Discontented with the ordinariness of our lives, we are often an easy sell. So much so, in fact, that one of the quickest ways to kill an idea or project is to describe it as "so yesterday."

Obviously, some changes are positive and some are negative. But too much change, or change for the wrong reasons, can leave us scrambling for the higher ground of stability. When we are forced by circumstances to ride those roiling seas of change, to what do we cling to maintain our emotional and spiritual equilibrium? In Psalm 61:2, David said, "When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I" (NKJV).

Isn't that what we all want - a sense of permanence in a world of change and restlessness? Solid ground when we can't touch bottom? Stillness in place of agitation?

God's Word tells us that all these are possible because of one man, and His name is Jesus. "For he himself is our peace," (Ephesians 2:14, NIV), the One who never changes. The "same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8, NIV). The unshakeable foundation beneath our feet when everything in our world totters (Psalm 40:2).

How comforting to know that our lives are encompassed by an eternally present Christ. He is our Alpha and Omega, our Beginning and our End. Who He is and what He says stands

Uncontradicted.

Unoverturned.

Forever.

Long after you and I are considered history and "so yesterday," Jesus will still be. Describing the uniqueness of our God, Eugene Peterson in The Message asks, "Are we not at bedrock?" (Psalm 18:31).

Indeed.

Dear Lord, as everything around me changes, may I rest my heart on the firm foundation of Your Word, which never goes out of style or needs revision. May I rejoice in its timeless truth and rest in its awesome strength to transform my sometimes erratic life into a place of peace. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Sanctuary: A Devotional Bible for Women

Season of Change: Parenting Your Middle Schooler with Passion and Purpose by Rebecca Ingram Powell

Torn Asunder: Recovering From an Extramarital Affair by Dave Carder

The Overwhelmed Woman's Guide to Caring for Aging Parents by Julie-Allyson Ieron

Through a Season of Grief by Bill Dunn and Kathy Leonard

Application Steps:
List the major changes that have occurred in your life within the past year. How have these changes impacted your life?

As you identify your reactions to the changes - disappointment, anxiety, fear, loneliness, grief - spend some time in the Word to see how Jesus, the great "I AM," provides stability for you in the midst of your rocking world.

Reflections:
Can you recall another time in your life when God worked good for you out of what appeared to be a negative change in your life?

Is it possible to look at an unexpected or negative change in a positive way?

In what way does God's Word provide an anchor for us?

Power Verses:
Isaiah 40:8, "The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever." (NIV)

John 8:58, "'I tell you the truth,' Jesus answered, 'before Abraham was born, I am!'" (NIV)

Psalm 27:5, "For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock." (NIV)

© 2009 by Priscilla Richardson. All rights reserved.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Tammy said...

Beautiful. Timely. Thank you!

Loved reading this today! Very much what I needed to hear today:) God Bless

Anonymous Sheila said...

There have been many devotions I have received from this ministry that have been timely, but none that have been so "spot on" and timely as this one this morning. Thank you, Pricilla. And thank you Lord for Pricilla Richardson. I pray You continue to use her for Your purposes. Bless her and her family. Amen.

Blogger KelliGirl said...

Congratulations on your devotion. Beautifully written and well said. I pray your words reach and bless many.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just so love reading your devotionals each morning, they are so uplifting and so right on time most of the time, thank you for your inspiration each day, your team of writers are so wonderful to share there life stories with us

God bless

Anonymous Sean Chang said...

Thanks for the beautiful devotion. Indeed, in this world of change, God's Word and His everlasting love for us is our firm foundation, the kind of sureness and permanance that we seek.

Be Blessed.

Anonymous JCRestoredme said...

I agree it was God using you! Very Timely. I love your devotion today. It will help me through this difficult time. God Bless you sister!!!!

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