You’re right: steadfastness isn’t a word we use every day. Since we’re talking about God, though, it describes Him perfectly.
We can see the world swiftly changing before our eyes. But Almighty God? He never changes, never moves. He is steadfast.
Cara wonders, “How impossible would it be to serve a God who changes His mind? He is always the same. He is always good.”
Yes, He is.
“For he is the living God and he endures forever;
his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.” Daniel 6:26
Glory be, that’s an amazing truth! Read it aloud, if you can, or whisper it when no one’s watching. This power-charged verse addresses any fears or doubts we might have about His authority or His sovereignty.
Nothing can change who God is or what God says or what God does.
Nina believes, “He is a rock in the sea of life.” That bedrock, that cornerstone, cannot be moved, though the storms rage and the waters break against it.
When the ground beneath us is shaking, the Lord “stands firm” (CEB). When we lose people we care about, He is “abiding to the ages” (YLT). While some things last no more than a season, He is “everlasting into worlds” (WYC).
The Bible is timeless because He is timeless. It’s not an ancient book for an ancient people, it’s a new Word for every generation, including ours.
Dawn is comforted knowing that “He will always be the same God, with the same statutes, with the same love and grace that are outlined through His word.” So right, Dawn. In our day-to-day world, same can mean boring, been there, big yawn. But in the spiritual realm, same is marvelous, miraculous.
Our rock-solid assurance is this: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
He is the same, beloved. He “who was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 4:8), never waivers in His character or wearies in keeping His covenant. If you belong to Him, then He is your God, now and forevermore.
And get ready for this! When doing research for my Scottish historical novels, I often stumbled across the word fastness, as in, “The Highlanders retreated to their mountain fastness.” I assumed it was a typo; that the writer meant vastness. Turns out, fastness means a secure refuge, remote and secluded, well protected by natural features.
Our God stands, or steads, in just such a fastness, where He meets us, guards us, and protects us. It’s not a mere concept; His fastness is a real place of safety for us.
If your week has been hard, if the news of late has been too heavy to bear, then run to His fastness and take refuge beneath the shadow of His wings. If an hour can’t be managed, try fifteen minutes of silence and solace. You’ve no need to do or say anything. Only remind yourself of this:
Our world may be falling apart, but our God never falls apart.
Heavenly Father, we are running to you. Right now, this minute. The demands of the day can wait. It’s You we need, and You alone.
What does the steadfastness of God mean to you? Please share your thoughts below, knowing they will bless many.
Your grateful sister, Liz