“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
I’d like to start this post by giving you a little behind-the-scenes look into my writing process. You see, back in August of last year, I was praying and asking God about writing weekly. I had some great foundation-building experience earlier in the year, and I was wondering how to apply that to this blog. The idea I got was to start out by doing seventeen weeks around the topic of trusting God. From there, I did a simple Google search: Verses on trust. What you’ve been reading up until this point, and what will continue until March 18th, are devotionals I’ve written as I’ve studied seventeen of those verses.
This weeks verse has been especially helpful in my own life, as the verse, just by itself, packs a punch. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Just sit back and let that sink in.
To be honest, chapter 13 of Hebrews feels a bit over my head. Reading it makes sense, but summarizing it here for you feels like a mountain I am unable to climb. So I’d like to just say this for today,
As you pray, remember all God has done.
It makes me think about the Old Testament stories…the story Noah. Moses. Joshua. Daniel. David. God asked incredible things of these people. God worked in their lives in ways that defied logic, reason, and the very laws of nature. But those people trusted God and saw incredible things happen as a result.
That was Jesus at work.
Then in the New Testament I think about the inspiring miracles and lives of Matthew, Peter, Paul, and the other apostles.
Jesus was at work.
In recent history, I think about the testimonies of Martin Luther and Billy Graham.
Jesus again at work.
It just inspires me and grounds me into this reality: Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If Jesus did that way back then, why do I limit my belief?
My biggest takeaway from Hebrews 13:8 is that I need to remember who I’m praying to when I pray. Because lifting up payers on the fly is one thing…lifting up prayers while acknowledging it’s Jesus I’m talking to is a whole different faith experience.
So this is my encouragement: the next time you pray, pause to think about who it is you’re praying to. Who it is that’s listening to you. What he’s capable of. What he’s been through with the people of the past, and what he experienced himself as a human who lived on this earth for thirty-three whole years. It’s making a difference in the way I pray. And I bet it will for you too.