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“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” –Romans 5:8
We are God’s adored. You are his cherished, treasured possession. That’s a tough truth to swallow sometimes. When we feel awkward, rejected, misunderstood, or lonely, it’s hard to imagine the God of the universe even remembers us, let alone adores us. And who isn’t awkward ninety-seven percent of the time? Ninety-nine if you count the times we run into things, trip over our own feet, or drop things just because.
But it’s true. God does adore us. His very character reveals to us just how deeply we’re loved. This God—this unchangeable, eternal, beautiful, jealous, all-knowing, all-powerful, merciful God of love—knows you by name. He calls you his own, and, despite his utter bigness, he sent his son into the world to save you long before you were ever born. That’s how much he adores you. And by getting to know him in all his glory, we learn exactly how big a deal it is to be called “adored.”
“[The foundations of the earth] will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” –Psalm 102:26–27
Maybe you’ve never thought much about God remaining the same, always and forever. Sure, you’ve seen the Bible verses that say God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. But have you ever thought about why that’s so important, or how much it affects your life?
Can you imagine if God was changeable? What if his standards, his nature, his very self evolved the way our culture does? What if what God thought was acceptable one second was the next second deemed uncool, unwise, or flat-out wrong? Even worse, what if the greatest gift God has ever given to you was suddenly taken back because God changed his mind?
But he never will. God is unchangeable. He remains the same, always. What he promised yesterday still stands today. He sent his son to the cross because you are so loved. Your redemption was worth it to God—and he hasn’t changed his mind.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” –Genesis 1:1
It would be cliché to start our devotions with the first verse of the Bible. So we’re doing it on Day 3. Because we’re original like that.
There’s this indescribably huge, massively powerful, amazingly creative God who made everything. I bet you’ve read that before—like if you’ve sat in any Sunday school class, ever. So when you feel the warmth of the sun on your face, see the beauty of a natural landscape, study the intricacy of a human cell, you know God made all that. He spoke, and it was. He imagined, and it was born. Every good thing you see, taste, hear, touch, think, or feel is a result of that Godcreation.
And this is the same God who wants to hear about your day. This is the same God who tells you to come to him when you’re tired, overloaded, stressed-out. This is the same God who tells you to pray to him, ask for good things, trust him with your hopes and fears. Do you think he’s able to hold those details in the palm of his universe-sized hand? Of course. Because your God is the God of the beginning.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” –Hebrews 13:8
Pop culture changes by the second. The new It-Couple breaks up and makes up faster than the paparazzi can snap the pics to prove it. Social media moves at warp speed. If you blink, you’ve missed the latest hashtag or filter. It’s impossible to stay on top of it all. And we may very well decide we have no desire to!
When much of our culture is strapped to an ever-changing merry-go-round of reality TV and rising and falling stars, it’s difficult even to fathom someone who stays the same. Forever. Since always. But that’s what we have in Jesus. Our savior isn’t sweating to keep up with anyone, and he’s not struggling to conquer the latest social media craze. He’s constant and unchanging in a world that never slows down, never stands still. No matter what else is shifting in your life, you can trust in the steadfastness of God.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” –James 1:17
“You do you.” Ever heard anyone say that? It sounds simple, but it’s not always easy to “do you” when there’s pressure to conform to what everyone else is doing. For you, that pressure may feel most intense at school, on the sports field, at church, or at home. No matter where you go, there will always be people who expect you to act, think, or even dress in a certain way.
It’s not always a bad thing to fit in with the crowd. But what about conforming when it would compromise who you are or, worse, your beliefs? That’s a no-go. Your personal identity and your identity in Christ are two priceless gifts from God. Protect them. Stand firm in who you are, knowing God is always true to himself, and we can be, too. You do you.
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