AMPLIFY: The Unchanging God
Lesson 50: God Eternal
Lesson 50, Devotion 1
“In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded.” – Psalm 102:25-26
Take a second and think about the things that cause you stress and anxiety in life. Think about the things that you regularly put your hope and trust in. Those things you look to for satisfaction and fulfillment. Have you identified a few of each? Good.
Think about this: where were those things when the foundations of the world were laid? And where will they be in 100 years?
Now, that’s not to minimize them or to say that they’re not important. It’s just to put them in perspective a bit. God was there before the foundations of the world were laid. In fact, He’s the one that laid them! And God will be there when we, along with our struggles and issues, pass away. But the crazy part of all of it is that He truly cares about us and our struggles. We’re just a blip on the radar of history, yet He cares about us and what we’re going through.
So, when we get stressed or begin to look to worldly things to satisfy, it’s important to step back and think about these things in relation to God. Can they outlast Him? Can they compare to His might? Are they too much for Him to handle?
When you get overwhelmed or off track, remind yourself of this passage and this truth. Our God is unsurpassed in power and might. He cannot be limited or bound by the things that limit and bind us. He will not waiver or perish. And He loves and cares for each of us deeply!
Lesson 50, Devotion 2
It’s easy for us to take things for granted. It’s also easy for us to get puffed up with pride and think that we’re completely responsible for the good things we have in life. James 1:17 reminds us that every good and perfect gift actually comes from God.
Take a few minutes and, using your journal or note-taking app, write down at least five good gifts that you’re thankful for.
Spend some time in prayer and thank God for each of the gifts. Ask Him to help you always remember that He is the source of all good things in life. Ask Him to protect you from pride or from being deceived into thinking the good gifts come from another source.
Lesson 50, Devotion 3
In the Malachi passage we studied this week, the Lord calls on His children to return to Him. If they do this, He says, “I will return to you.” What does returning look like to you? Take a few minutes and really meditate on this concept of returning to the Lord.
Think about this:
What pictures do you see in your head when you think about it?
What do you visualize when you think about returning to the Lord? And Him returning to you?
Spend time thinking on these things and dwelling on the truths of God’s desire for His children to return.