Bible Reading: Matthew 24:23-51
Sometimes the lives of kids feel like they are out of control. Why? Because they are out of control. Tell the truth…kids have little control over their lives, at all. Mom and Dad are supposed to be in control. But what happens when Mom and Dad lose control? Things can go from bad to worse…in a heartbeat. And kids can’t do a thing about it.
Life is about change. If your life is not changing…well, there’s a good chance that you’re already planted in the ground…and as Solomon said, you are “Food for the worms.” God is 100% aware of the challenges that change brings into our lives. So, He has given us a handbook for life…the Bible. As we read the Bible we learn about God. We learn about God’s love, and wisdom, and power…and how He relates to us. And one of the most important things that we can learn about God is that…He never changes. He is the one constant, consistent thing in our life…in all of creation!
In this passage, Jesus teaches His disciples about the future. Honestly, it is a pretty bleak picture. Don’t want to be there. Things are going to get ugly. But Jesus reminds His disciples that God is in control. He is never caught off-guard. He is never unaware of what is happening. God knows. He also taught His disciples that God has a plan for them to deal with the changes that they will face in their lives. He has given us that plan in the Bible. The Bible is God’s Word. And, since God never changes…His Word never changes. We can go to the Bible to find God’s answer, His unchanging answer…for all the changes that are taking place in our lives. That can be a very reassuring, comforting thought…when our life feels like it is in free-fall and we’re bouncing off the walls. Just imagine how calming it can be to a kid…whose life is out of his control…whose life is out of Dad and Mom’s control. Tell them, “Don’t worry…God is in control. He’s told us exactly what to do…here, in the Bible. Let’s read it…together.”
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
Have you ever heard these sayings…
- “Some things never change.”
- “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
- “If nothing changes, nothing changes.”
- A man said, “Just about the time I figured out the meaning of life, they changed it.”
- A lady said, “Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life.”
Change. These days, things seem to change at a high rate of speed. In fact, the high rate of speed seems to be changing at a high rate of speed.
Here are a few things that have changed over the last 100 years in the United States…
Population 103.2 million 325.5 million
Youth ages 14-17 who were in High School 28% over 90%
Estimated number of high school graduates 311,000 3.6 million
Average Life Expectancy (years) Men – 48 Men – 79
Women – 54 Women – 81
Average Household Income $1,158 $56,516
Retail Cost of an Automobile $360 $33,560
Number of cars 2 million 255 million
Average Home Cost $5,000 $377,710
Babies born someplace other than a hospital 97% 1.5%
Indianapolis 500 car race (top speed) 105 mph 232 mph
Here are some marvels of modern technology that we use every day in 2018 that didn’t even exist in 1918. Talk about change in how we live…
- Cell phones
- Microwave ovens
- Electric can opener (and toothbrushes)
- Pop-up toasters
- Cordless power tool
- Clothes washer
- About 80% of the food on the shelves at the grocery store.
Things really do change. And as a result…life can really go through a lot of changes, as well. Think about this. Who do you know who has had a change in…
- their health…they got sick, or hurt…or someone they knew died?
- their family…their parents are having problems, or maybe got divorced; maybe a brother, or sister, moved away?
- their home…they had to move; maybe they are living with other family members?
- their school…they had to change schools because they moved or for some other reason?
- their finances…a parent does not have a job, or lost a job?
I have a friend who experienced a huge change in his life when he was 10-years-old. That was the year that his father left home. Just walked out one day and never came back. Turned away from his family…and never looked back. The only exception was one time, a few years later, when my friend got a Christmas card in the mail that had $100 in it. That was the last time he ever heard from his father…at least until his father was around 60-years-old. My friend worked for the City in the Zoning Department. One day, two men came in for a zoning application. He knew one of the men and they talked as he got the application out of a file cabinet. After a few minutes, the man said to my friend, “Don’t you recognize this man with me?” “No, should I?” “Well, I guess so. He’s your Daddy.” All those years…since he was 10-years-old…and he hadn’t seen his father…not once. Hadn’t talked spoken to him on the phone. Hadn’t seen a picture of him. Hadn’t received a letter. And now, there he was, sitting right across the desk in front of him. And he didn’t even know who he was. How do you feel at a moment like that? I’d like to tell you that they reunited and became good friends. But that didn’t happen. My friend’s father was moving into the area…but he really wasn’t interested in family. He wasn’t interested back then. He wasn’t interested now. He’d left that behind years ago. What a change it had made in my friend’s life.
There are so many changes that happen and some of those changes can cause difficulties, and uncertainty, and worry. When that happens what do you do? Where do you go to find the answers?
What if I told you that God knows everything that is going on in your life. Including every single change. What if I told you that God loves you so much that He has written a book just for you that has the answers to everything you will ever have to deal with. Every single change. That would be pretty cool, wouldn’t it? And, what if I told you that God’s answers never change. You don’t have to wonder if what He said yesterday…has changed today…or, will change tomorrow. You don’t have to start all over every time something happens and try to figure out again what God has said. God has written just such a book…and we call it the Bible.
Jesus knew that His disciples had to deal with change…just like you and I do. He didn’t want them to be worried. He didn’t want them to be afraid. He doesn’t want you to be worried, or afraid. So, He taught them about some of the most dramatic, intense changes that the whole world would have to face in the future.
- He talked about wars.
- He talked about people being persecuted because they believed in Him.
- He talked about people hating each other.
- He talked about false preachers and leaders.
He painted a picture of things that would happen in the future that could sound just plain scary. In a way, He went to the extreme…so that the disciples would realize that if God could handle those things…He could handle any thing. Including any thing that happened, or changed, in their lives. Then Jesus said, “There may be all sorts of changes in the skies and on the earth. But…My Word (that’s the Bible) will never change.” In other words, whatever happens, whatever may change…no matter how frightening…you can always go to the Bible to find the answer. And that answer will be the same…because the Bible never changes. The Bible is like an anchor that keeps a ship from crashing onto the rocks during a storm. No matter how difficult, or how uncertain the changes may be around you…trust what God has said in the Bible and it will keep you from crashing onto the rocks.
Now, start reading your Bible. Find God’s promises. Find God’s principles for how you are to live. It’s all right there. And, when everything around you is changing so fast that you feel like you’re life is spinning like a top…God’s Word will tell you what to do. It will never, ever change. You can trust the Bible…because you can trust God. He doesn’t change.
Love you more than bunches and bunches,