It's Always There
There's just something fascinating about a lighthouse. There was a story on the evening news about a photographer who loves the seagull perspective on lighthouses. In this little customized aircraft, he flies over Maine's many picturesque lighthouses, shooting unusual aerial photos of them. They're beautiful; they're even inspiring. He's seen them and photographed them in all kinds of settings: sunshine, clouds, storms, high tide, and low tide. He summarized what he's seen this way: "The lighthouse is always there, but everything else is changing."
If you had to write down the four most important things in your life, would that be difficult? How would you feel if you were told you were going to lose all but one of those? If what, or who, matters most to us is something we can lose, we can never be secure; we can never be totally at peace.
Ron Hutchcraft* is our devotional author today who says we need, in essence, a lighthouse - something we can totally depend on when everything else is changing. Something, actually someone who is - as the photographer said about those lighthouses - "always there." If you've already lost some of the cards that mattered most to you in your life, then you know how much we need something that's unloseable - something unmoving that will stand the unpredictable weather because the weather in our world, even in our lives, is becoming more and more unpredictable.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say:
“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”
7 Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.
The lighthouse that never moves is beautifully described here where it says "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." As relationships come and go, as jobs, houses and possessions come and go, as our health, feelings, and our family changes, Jesus Christ remains our personal lighthouse that never moves and never changes...if we know Him.
In the verses preceding this statement, God makes this promise, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Then it says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." From the nursery to the nursing home to the funeral home, He is a Savior and a friend you can totally trust and one you'll never lose. Jesus secured the possibility of this relationship when He died on the cross to pay that death penalty for the sinning we've done. This unloseable relationship becomes yours when you grab Jesus in total trust to remove the sin-wall between you and God forever.
As the storm clouds darken and the surf becomes more turbulent, you may be ready for this Savior-security. In uncertain weather, Jesus is that lighthouse that will always be there for you. Grab His hand and He will never let go.
*The devotional message today is from Ron Hutchcraft; entitled “The Lighthouse That’s Always There”; www.hutchcraft.com/lifeissues.