The last week required me to make several phone calls to access needed information. My friends who are millennials can appreciate my frustration. They seek information online and rarely find it necessary to make a phone call. In this regard, we are similar. However, what I needed wasn’t accessible online. I could feel my level of frustration increasing as I heard the old familiar adage, “Please listen carefully as our menu options have changed.” I have no idea why this is stated. In fact, this was the case with three separate businesses I phoned. Each one, porting the same untruth. I couldn’t recall the last time I’d phoned, but I can promise you that the menu hadn’t changed. Immediately I laughed aloud thinking about that consideration as my mind drifted to the enemy playing and sending forth his typical trickery. However before I settled on spending a deep dive in reflecting upon the enemy’s operationalization and methodology of “seeking whom he might devour,” the Holy Spirit jumped in and hijacked my thoughts. I then heard, “While you are busy focusing on the enemy and the fact that he doesn’t change, allow me to remind you that neither does God!” What you say?! The holler that yielded from my belly y’all was overwhelmingly filled with gratitude! So, please listen carefully, as His menu, that being the menu of our Creator has never changed.”
The promises of God are yes and Amen (II Corinthians 1:20). We remain the apple of His eye (Psalm 17:8). No matter what we experience, grace continues to be a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8). There is nothing too hard for God (Jeremiah 32:27). God comes to our rescue (Isaiah 35:4). We can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). When we hope in God, He will renew our strength (Isaiah 40:31). So despite what the enemy puts forth, at home, at work, at church, at school, at (fill in the blank), God’s love, care, concern and desire for us to live in abundance prevails. Seems simple, but what happens when life presents itself in a counter narrative perspective? First, may we receive the fact that it will? Walking with Christ and accepting Christ does not make us exempt from trouble. In fact, I would offer that it actually increases your likelihood. Yet, just as we started, God will never leave nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). Even when we are at our wits end, we can hold fast to the truth that God remains on the throne and is not slack concerning His promise (II Peter 3:9).
I wouldn’t dare say that it’s easy. In response to a dear friend, whose spouse is literally fighting for life, I had a vulnerable moment with God. I reminded Him of every promise He’s made in His Word. I recalled instances of miracles that I’ve heard and even ones I’ve witnessed. I stated to Him, “Listen carefully, as your menu has never changed!” And yet, I type still hoping for my prayer to be answered in the manner I’ve requested. Yet in the end, whether God moves in how I would hope or not, I accept “His menu has never changed.” His menu being the standard offering of grace, mercy, salvation and unconditional love. No matter what we confront or experience, those staples will provide the comfort and assurance we need to go on. While things around us change, we serve a God that changeth not (Malachi 3:6). And truthfully, neither does that menu on the phone call. God remains in control of all menu options.