Friday, March 19th
Romans 8: 28-39
A Greek philosopher said, “the only constant is change.” Every month the moon circles the earth and annually the earth circles the sun. So, the tides ebb and flow, days grow shorter, weather gets cooler, days grow longer, and weather warms again.
Gravity’s effects are thus measurable, but we don’t exactly know what gravity is. Gravity was created and its “authority” to effect change was granted “in the beginning.”
Likewise, forces in our lives cause relationships to change—they gain prominence, intensify, and wane. Forces cause governments, empires and institutions to come and go; not one of them is permanent. Our individual choices can change relationships, and collectively our choices can change governments and institutions; but neither of us have ultimate authority or the final say.
Have you ever felt batted about by forces or circumstances not under your control, that weren’t your own doing? Personal and familial relationships change, institutions change, governments change, and empires come and go, and there’s nothing you can do about it. What about your personal relationship with the Church or with Jesus? Personally, my relationship with Jesus Christ and my relationship with the church has changed like the seasons, and, although my choices factor in, I don’t think I have been in total control.
I believe all of creation operates under God’s authority, and nothing created can overcome or operate outside that authority. Gravity, low tides, arctic winters, all the loss and suffering in our lives, none of that has the final say—none of those things have ultimate authority.
God’s love does; God’s love has the final say: “… neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39).
Thanks be to God!
Dudley Perry, Jr.