The Same God

A few days ago, I finished reading through the bible from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22.  I took two days away from reading and then I started reading again through the bible at Genesis 1.  I have read through the bible many times this way over the past 10 years.

Reading through the bible is not what is important to me.  Learning more about God is important; that is why I choose to read through the bible continually and consistently.

In Revelation 22:13, God says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”  In Genesis 1:1 scripture says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  Each time I read through the bible, I learn more about God that I didn’t know before.

The same God that was there before there was anything is the same God who is here now with us.  But what does this mean for us?  Well, for me is means God will not change because I change or because I face some difficulty that I cannot overcome.  You should consider what it means to you.

But when God says He is the Beginning and the End and the First and the Last, He is saying before there was anything to speak about, He was.  And while there are things today to speak about, He is.  And when there is nothing left to speak about, He will be. He was; He is; and He is to come.  He is indeed the same God in all our circumstances.

I have learned some amazing things about God by reading through the bible; but I have also learned some amazing things about myself while learning about God. He is always the same God no matter if I am the same person or not.  God never changes, but I have learned that I should never be the same.

The same God that speaks to us today is the same God who told Abraham to leave his home and go to a place that God would tell him.  Abraham obeyed without hesitation; I learned that I am often hesitant to go where God tells me to go.

The same God that told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac is the same God that asks us if we would sacrifice anything of ours that would keep us from having more of Him.  Abraham obeyed without hesitation; I learned I am hesitant to even consider giving up anything I have worked hard to get.

The same God that looked down from heaven and saw Noah trying to live righteously in an unrighteous world is the same God that asks if we will live for Him rather than for man.  I learned that I am often hesitant to live for God if it means man will think I am at odds with him.

And the same God who gave David the courage to stand for Him and slay the giants in his life is the same God who offers this courage to us.  I learned that I am hesitant to accept this courage because I sometimes prefer to live with the giants in my life rather than to defeat them and live like God wants me to live.

Hebrews 13:8 tells us “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”  He will never change.  He may do things we have not seem Him do before, but that doesn’t mean He changes.  What we do does not indicate who we are.  Rather, who we are determines the things we ought to do. 

He is the same God.  We ought to be the same in accepting who He was; and in Who He is; and Who He promises to be when He returns.  This is the one way we should be the same.

Live a Delivered Life.  Love you.