Bible Journaling: Hope in a God that Does Not Change
What do you hope for? During the month of January, many teachers and students hope for a snow day. In February, singles might hope to find a date for Valentine’s day, or a widow might hope for comfort from the pain of losing her spouse. Brides-to-be might hope for a June wedding, or in November, a community might hope their candidate wins an important election.
Many of these hopes are fleeting. That snow day comes and goes and you might have to make it up in June. The wedding is a one-time event that turns into faded memories. Candidates serve their term then make way for the next one.
God, however, is a constant. That means that when we put our hope in Him, we are putting our hope in something that does not fade away or decay. Something that remains steady and unmovable.
I could have chosen so many verses to support this thought, but one that I particularly love is Isaiah 40:8:
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever (ESV).
One of my favorite songs is “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac. I love that line where it says,
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides? Can I handle the seasons of my life?
How many times have I had that very thought? Too many to count, for sure. And I’m sure you have, too. But we can rest assured knowing that God is our constant throughout these changing seasons. His promises are new every morning–I know, I quote that one a lot, but honestly, I survive on that hope. You can, too.
For the journaling thought today, I did a light sketch of the flower from the meme and simply underlined the verse. I wrote “God is our constant hope!” I thought about adding a fallen petal, but that seemed too much like Beauty and the Beast. I like to think of it as more like God keeps our petals from falling. We wither, and through His powerful word, He gives us strength.