The Chair (Day 2)

Making the Bible the anchor of our lives is an easy thing to say but a tough thing to do. Let’s face it; we are bombarded by our culture in all forms of media and social expectation that says the polar opposite of many biblical truths. The media and social stir that ‘Chic-fil-a Appreciation Day’ caused is just one example of what happens when people choose to stand for biblical truth despite what our culture teaches us. It is very difficult to hold tight to the fixed point of reference the Bible provides in the storm of this nation’s expectations for people.

I was amazed this week to read an article proclaiming that the amount of cholesterol in the yolk of one large egg has a two-thirds bad of a health effect on your body as smoking does.[1] While that fact in itself is pretty crazy what amazed me about is that eggs have often changed from the hero to the villain in the media. Each decade it seems that either eggs are a super-food and should be consumed very often or that they should one should stay away from eating them regularly. But which is it? Eggs cannot be both the enemy and the hero. It has to be one or the other, right?

In our world things are always changing. What was good today is bad tomorrow and vice versa. But the good news of God is that he never changes. His character is always the same. He doesn’t love us one day and hate us the next. God is not some a cosmic ‘magic 8 ball’ that changes every time it is shaken. We can always place our confidence in the fact that God’s feelings about a moral issue are always the same. This is the heart of what makes the Bible an anchor for our lives.

Since I encouraged you to read a chapter of the Bible each day, I’ll ask you today to read chapter 13 from the book of Hebrews. Go ahead, I’ll wait on you. Did you read the whole thing? Good! Here is the part I want to pull out for you.

Hebrews 13 (NLT):

[4] Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.

[5] Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,

“I will never fail you.
I will never abandon you.”

[6] So we can say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper,
so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?”

7 Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

How great is it that God doesn’t change? So we can always take the principles the Bible teaches and they will become a fixed standard in our lives. What does this part of the chapter say? We can always treat marriage, wealth, and God’s faithfulness as a fixed thing! God won’t change his mind about them. Culture says divorce is okay and natural but the Bible shows us that God hates divorce. The world says that money will make you happy but the Bible teaches that God is the one who takes care of us. The world says we should constantly be worried about the future but the Bible tells us to plan without worrying because God is faithful.

So as you examine your life and begin to shrink the gap between what you believe and what you live I encourage you to remember that God doesn’t change. And if he is against something when the Bible was written we can be sure that he still feels the same way. We can have confidence in his faithfulness and trust him.

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