When I drive to work in the morning, it is dark. For some reason today, I noticed the beauty of the crescent moon as it hung in the blackness of space. When I first saw it, the moon was visible through my driver’s side window. As I continued to drive, I viewed it through my front windshield. The last time I noticed it, I saw the moon through the front passenger side window. Hmm. Though I know how to spell astronomy, that doesn’t mean I know much about it. But this I do know: the moon wasn’t moving all over the early morning sky…I was. So as I was in constant motion and my direction of travel was ever-changing, the position of the moon was constant.
The older I get, the more I appreciate some of the things that remain constant in my life. I am favored with the constant love of my Heavenly Father, my wife, my children, and my mother-in-law. The fact that some things remain constant can be reassuring. There is something comforting to me about the constant reassurance that the sun always rises in the east, and sets in the west. Even when it’s cloudy and I cannot see it, I’m still assured of the sun’s place in the sky. I like it when I return to a familiar restaurant and upon receiving my order, it’s just like I remembered it the last time. Yes, I know the old saying “familiarity breeds contempt.” But I also know from experience that familiarity can bring comfort. Face it; there are things in all of our lives whose constancy provides us with joy and peace.
Take, for instance, the Lord Himself. In a sweeping declaration to and through the prophet Malachi, God said: “For I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6). And then there’s this assurance from the book of Hebrews: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). The Lord is constant. He is not evolving, nor is He growing or abating. He is God and as such He is perfect. There’s something else that is constant, because it originated from the heart of this unchanging God. “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89). The word used here in description of God’s Word means established, to stand, to be set.
In a current event commentary, this means that no matter the opinion of New York’s Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and that state’s legislature – abortion cannot be anything other than murder. And the unbelievable way in which many in New York celebrated the signing of the legislative act that permits abortion up to the moment of birth was, at best heinous, and at worst pure evil. To carry a child in the womb for nine months and then decide to terminate that child’s life is wickedness directed at our nation’s weakest and most innocent. And as a demonstration of his arbitrary mores, Governor Cuomo stands in opposition to the death penalty (for those proven guilty of monstrous crimes) citing in part (of all things) his solidarity with the Pope!
Men change. God’s Word doesn’t. If ever there was proof that God is the author of human life, consider His message to Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5). And lest we think that life in the womb is somehow less than life outside of the womb, remember who responded to the presence of the Christ in His mother’s womb? It was another person in his mother’s womb: “And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit” (Luke 1:41).
What is happening today is the sacrificial murder of babies at an extraordinary rate. They are being sacrificed on the altar of convenience in the name of personal rights. Who knew that in 21st century America the most dangerous place for a child would be in their own mother’s womb?
Our nation’s views and values have changed since our founding fathers put pen to parchment and declared: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The fundamental God-given right to life is being stolen from those who are unable fight for that life.
Some changes are good. In fact, they are necessary. Change can bring us closer to God. But change for sake of change makes little sense. As the moon rises again tonight, I will be reminded once more that God is in His Heaven and He is in total control. I will also remember that He never changes. That means I can always count on Him. I hope this reality will help you sleep soundly tonight. I know it will help me.