A few weeks ago I was attending our weekly worship service when a song was introduced to me that I had never heard before and it served as inspiration for this post. The song was called God of All My Days by Casting Crowns and some of its lyrics brought me great comfort. Some of the lyrics are as follows:
Each step I take
You make a way
And I will give You all my praise
My seasons change, You stay the same
You're the God of all my days
In my worry, God You are my stillness
In my searching, God You are my answers
In my blindness, God You are my vision
In my bondage, God You are my freedom
In my weakness, God You are my power
You're the reason that I sing
'Cause You're the God of all my days
In this song the words that brought me the most peace and comfort came from the line “My seasons change, you stay the same” and it is here that I believe God wanted me to rest for a while and share some truth to any that may be experiencing a season of life filled with change and transitions.
Change is never easy for people but it is a constant factor in all of our lives. While the Preacher in Ecclesiastes claims that “there is nothing new under the sun,” (Eccl. 1:9) the truth is, no two days are ever the same and we must be ever vigilant in our attempt to follow the old adage of rolling with the punches in an effort to keep moving forward in life. The struggles may be familiar but, rarely, are they constant each day. While the world and circumstances around us change, we can be confident in knowing that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
Throughout the words of the Bible we find reassurance that God is the one constant in all of our lives. In all cases where the people stray from God it is they that have turned their backs on Him and not the other way around. In the book of Malachi we see God confronting the Israelites on their change in direction to turn away from God’s decrees as he proclaims “‘I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (Malachi 3:6-7b) Even in the time of the Old Testament people went through various seasons of obedience and disobedience but it was not God who changed as shown in his mercy to not destroy His people.
Disaster and misfortune are not the only examples of God’s unchanging nature. Even those blessings that we receive in life are a constant from God in our lives. As James puts it, “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) In seasons of celebration and joy we can be assured that those are blessings brought on us by God and we should be willing to recognize God’s never changing willingness to bless us in all things.
Finally, we recognize that even the world we live in will experience seasons of change that are out of our control. Whether it’s shifts in the climate or cultural changes we can rest assured, like the psalmist who requested of God, “Do not take me away, my God, in the midst of my days; your years go on through all generations. 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. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” (Psalms 102:24-27)
Nothing in this life is permanent. Seasons of our lives come and go as we all experience times of famine and abundance. Even in the midst of all of these things we can rest assured that, though times, seasons, and events change, God and his nature are always the one thing in our lives that we can rest on as that one thing that remains constant.
God of All My Days by Casting Crowns; https://youtu.be/ZYkZE8AogDE