Can We Change? :: By Grant Phillips

Did you ever stop to think that regardless of what is happening in the world, nothing really changes? For every generation the stage is the same. Only the actors change.

While I was out driving earlier this year, it dawned on me that the land and trees would soon be turning green. At that time they just looked dead and dull, but whether they had that blah look of winter or the lush beauty of summer, they were the same lands and the same trees that God created for us to enjoy.

Yes, the oldest trees eventually die, but then they are replaced by their own kind. The land the trees grow from may also grow weeds, flowers and a mixture of both. It is plowed for gardening and mowed by homeowners. The covering may vary, but it is still the earth God created.

Each year the flowers bloom in spring, and then die toward winter, but they always return. Fruit can be picked from the trees and vines, but then die away after a while to return next season.

It is all a stage that changes seasonally, but yet it remains the same. Man ages and his appearance changes, but he remains the same. He is still the same person. I started out in this world as an infant named ‘Grant.’ I am still ‘Grant,’ just a lot older.

God provided our stage and told us the appearance and function would change with the seasons, but the structure He initiated will not change. You guessed it. It hasn’t changed.

“Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth’; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day” (Genesis 1:14-19).

The sun in the heavens provides the light and warmth we must have. The moon is seen in different stages and provides its reflection from the sun for our nights. The stars continue to shine.

“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22).

“That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Concerning man, we really are not much different than those who lived hundreds or several thousand years ago. We sin. They sinned. We build homes and businesses. They did the same, even though they were not as elaborate as ours today. They built relationships through friends and enemies. We do the same. We raise our families, and our children grow up to step in our shoes. Those long ago did the same thing. We all die and face the judgment, which brings me to: We worship. They worshipped.

The question now is, “Who or what do we worship?” God said He does not change … ever.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

During the days of the Old Testament, some worshipped the one and only true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Many others worshipped idols.

In the Church age some worship Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is also the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Many others today worship idols.

Most folks today believe the Bible is outdated, so they have changed it to suit their whims, BUT God made it clear … HE DOES NOT CHANGE.

The wise will read His Word and change their false thinking. The unwise will suffer mightily in the end.

Grant Phillips


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