Autumn Leaves

A sign, a bumper sticker, or catchy phrase often serve as a catalyst for a devotional thought. A little phrase I recently saw, “Autumn leaves – Jesus stays, is a case in point.

The world around us is in a constant state of flux and change. The old phrase, ‘Here today – gone tomorrow,’ seems to be the order of the day. Dress fashions change, lifestyles change, opinions change, even relationships are subject to change. Fifty percent or more of those who stand before a minister or government official and say they will remain together ‘til death us do part’ will sooner or later end in divorce. Contracts are broken, promises fail, and guarantees prove unreliable. Things are constantly changing. Some say, ‘the only things that are sure are death and taxes.’

Continuous change often leaves us disillusioned and confused. Depression that stems from instability in our lives haunts many of us. The heart cry arises, “Is there anything that I can count on?” The answer is YES!  The heavenly Father speaks,  “For I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6a).  A kindred verse in the New Testament resonates with the same assurance, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).  I love to sing the old refrain, “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand!”

Across the centuries, through a myriad of changes, in the face of devastating uncertainty, Christians have taken refuge in Scripture. Believers have proved God’s word to be true over and over again. Jesus said, “I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you” (John 14:18). Hear the last words Jesus spoke just before His ascension, “…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). You can take solace in these words from Scripture, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning(James 1:17). The writer of Hebrews gives us this assurance, “ For He Himself (Jesus) has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

There are many changes taking place around us, but this one thing I know, “Autumn leaves – Jesus doesn’t !” We have His word of it.

JESUS said, Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matthew 24:35).

~ Brother Roy

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