Stick With It

Josh Billings once said, “Consider the postage stamp, my son. It secures success through its ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.” Being an old Postmaster, I really appreciate this application. It seems that as fast as society is changing, as quickly as new technology replaces the old, very few stick with anything anymore. When something breaks, we don’t fix it, we replace it; if there is a hurdle in the road, we don’t persevere but find a different distraction to entertain our senses. Back in 1970, Alvin Toffler pegged it when he quoted C. P. Snow (a novelist and scientist) in his book Future Shock: “Until this century (social change was) so slow, that it would pass unnoticed in one person’s lifetime. That is no longer so. The rate of change has increased so much that our imagination can’t keep up.” There are some things, however, that should not change. My son, fear the LORD and the king; Do not associate with those given to change; For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin those two can bring?” (Proverbs 24:21-22).

So, what should NOT change? Start with the fact that God does not change. For I am the LORD, I do not change (Malachi 3:6). It is not in God’s nature to flip about mid-stream and careen off into a new direction, impromptu. His being, His nature, is such that from the beginning of time He has had a plan; and He will stick to it. His Son is identical in nature: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). His focus from heaven to earth and back to heaven was all part of the master plan. It is no surprise to discover that the Spirit-inspired Word of God is unchanging, static, dependable and “cannot be broken” (John 10:35). In fact, it is the word of God which lives and abides forever” (1 Peter 1:23). From these facts, we can determine that unauthorized change is wrong.

Many in the church today clamor for change; they long for excitement and entertainment (2 Timothy 4:3-4). The struggle to worship and serve meaningfully is rarely hampered by the program; it is more likely a “worshiper issue.” God’s directives have not changed and our worship style and life of service must come from God’s unchanging Word. Jeremiah admonished us to stick with it: Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16).