Change. It’s something that’s easy to love when we enjoy it, and easy to hate when it’s difficult.
The last year has been a time of change for all of us, in different ways. For some of us, the COVID pandemic has simply made life less comfortable and convenient. For others, the effects have been felt more directly. The reality is that we’ve all been forced, in some way, to think and live differently, and that change has been hard to deal with for many of us.
As you’ve been able to experience, we’ve gone through our own time of change here at Calvary East. An obvious example of that is holding two services on Sunday mornings- something we have never done before. And as our church changes, so does our youth ministry, Neon Youth.
I’m grateful to be able to say that we’ve been able to meet in person on Wednesday nights for youth group since June. After meeting online throughout the Spring, we met outside all Summer, under the big, shady tree in front of our office building. In late September, we moved our Wednesday night meetings inside the church building instead of the youth room. This allows for better social-distancing, and makes enforcing it easier— whatever “easier” means when dealing with a group of teenagers. We’ve also shortened our time together by a half-hour (6:30-8 p.m.), to make our meetings more intentional.
But even as we deal with change, both as a church and as individuals, there is One who we can count on to NEVER change, and that’s a very good thing.
At the beginning of January, I started a new, two-month series on the Attributes of God during our youth group meetings. Each week, we’ve been focusing on God’s many attributes- things that make Him unique, things that make God “God”. Among these are attributes like God’s Omniscience and Sovereignty- that God knows all things, and is in complete control of His Creation, even when we don’t understand it. In the weeks to come, we’ll be focusing on God’s attributes of Goodness, Justice, Holiness, and others.
One other attribute of God that we’ve looked at is God’s Immutability- the fact that God doesn’t change. God’s Immutability gives us confidence that His character, will, and promises will remain forever, without question (James 1:17). Not only that, but Jesus Christ, God’s Son, and the salvation that comes through faith in Him, will never change or go away (Hebrews 13:8).
So even in this constantly-changing world, even when that change is difficult, we’re reminded that we can rest in the fact that through it all, God doesn’t change. He is still good, just, and worthy of our praise. And as David says in Psalm 18, He is our “stronghold”.
Let’s lean on Him, together, in faith.
– Chris Johnson