The dictionary defines “constant” as: “Something that is unchanging or invariable.”
There is an old saying that goes, “the only thing constant in life is change.” I’ve also heard another one that says, “the only constants in life are death and taxes.” To those I would also add “road construction.”
But in reality, only one of those is a true “constant,” and it is the one we are generally the most uncomfortable to talk about. “Change” will reach a climax some day; “taxes” will go away (who will be disappointed in that?!); and yes, “road construction” will cease at some point. I will also include the fact that even politics and governments, corrupt or honest (if there is such a thing), will someday be done away with – except for the final and eternal government.
The only thing constant, and something we ‘have to look at’ because it continually stares us in the face, is – death!
Death affects us all in different ways. I imagine many to most, if not all, reading this, have had some form of contact with death – friends, loved ones, pets, etc. Many of us are aware, or should be, as we get older, that our mortality becomes all the more evident. And if we reach such a point, we are to be grateful, for many never have such an opportunity, as their life or health has been stolen from them (see John 10:10). Many are fearful of the thought of death; it is an unknown, and the unknown, in anything – from starting a new job, to giving birth, to traveling to a new and strange location – can frighten us more than the actual.
Speaking of death can often be an uncomfortable feeling, but it doesn’t have to be. The fact is that death is a part of life. And this flesh we live in now is only the first step. An eternity, an after-life, if you will, is coming, I do believe. I also believe that there is a glorious and beautiful eternal reward awaiting those who have well-served their Creator God, as well as a horrible judgment and punishment awaiting those who have turned from their Creator God.
There are two kinds of people in this world – those who have put their faith, hope, and trust in the Savior, Messiah for all, Jesus (known in Hebrew as Yeshua). The other kind are those who have rejected, turned their back on, or simply ignored, Jesus. (There may be a third option, those who have never had opportunity to hear of Jesus, but that is another subject for another time.) We are all aware that the name “Jesus” can be heard constantly – whether in reverent praise, or as a curse coming from someone’s mouth. Either way, we must realize there is a power in that name that affects people. If someone is praising His name, that is obvious. If someone is cursing with His name, then there must be something about that name that turns it into a curse. Have you ever heard anyone curse with “Oh Buddha!” or “Oh Mohammed!” or similar? These days, one might be arrested if heard cursing with those names in public – but not for swearing using the name “Jesus.” Buddha and Mohammed are just names; there is no power in those names; those men were leaders of false religions. Those religious leaders are long dead, and they have, in their death, come to realize that Jesus is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). Those who don’t walk with Him here will be cast away from Him in death.
If you are one who has chosen to reject, turn your back on, or simply ignore Jesus, today is the day to change that. He offers free salvation to all – call on His name, repent of sin, resolve to change your lifestyle, find a location to be immersed into Him, and follow Him. The offer of salvation will be cut off some day; don’t put it off. A Jewish sage once advised his disciples to “repent of all sin one day before you die.” When they pressed him as to how they were to know when that might be, he replied that “no one knows, so repent today, for tomorrow you may die.” That’s good advice, for in our “busyness” we tend to forget that we are all only one breath away from death. Perhaps we should even repent of all sins today! Don’t wait for later; later may never come. Hebrews 9:27, in the New Testament, says that, “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.”
Get into the Bible; start perhaps with the book of John in the New Testament. Then go to Matthew, especially read Matthew chapters five through seven, commonly known as “The Sermon on the Mount.” The first five books of the Bible – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy (known as Torah; the Books of Moses; the Pentateuch) – show the beginning and later on how to live as a righteous person before God, and not as the world of sin around us. Psalms is a wonderful collection of prayers and praises, along with some complaints. God doesn’t gloss over anything. He tends to work with faulty people, like you and me, shaping us into what we truly were created to be. Then there are the words of the prophets; there are books of wisdom, such as Proverbs. The New Testament has the fantastic writings of Paul, Peter, John, and others. There’s simply a lot of good stuff in those pages of Scripture.
Now, there is a catch, but it’s a good catch – you have to live henceforth in obedience to Jesus/Yeshua. Don’t think that once you’re saved, you can go back to whatever you want to do. It’s a tight rope to follow Him, but it is well worth it. You’re not alone; the Holy Spirit will be right with you to help you through stuff, and the ultimate reward is out of this world! Ask God to lead you to a Bible believing congregation or home group, and allow them to minister to you as you serve them. And you will have stuff to go through, there’s no doubt to that. Some more than others. The devil hates Jesus, and he hates those who follow Him. He will do all he can to cause you to slip and fall away; be constant in prayer (now there’s another constant in life, but that will have to be of our own doing), fellowship with like-minded believers, and Bible study. Here’s a revealed mystery many don’t consider – Jesus was born a Jew, lived a Jew, died a Jew, resurrected a Jew, and is returning as a Jew, to rule and reign in Jerusalem. He is fully God, yet fully man at the same time. How? The God part will answer that.
If you just are unwilling to submit to God, don’t believe in Him, don’t believe in Christianity, think Christians are fake and hypocrites (and why are you hiding behind them?), declare yourself agnostic or atheist – all I can say is, at the end of the day, we’ll know who was right! If you’re right, and I’m wrong, I’ve still lost nothing. If I’m right, and you’re wrong, then you’ve lost everything, my friend.
A few things to make clear:
- John 3:16-17: 16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17) For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
- Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His godly ones.
- Ezekiel 18:23 “Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked,” declares the Lord GOD, “and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?”
- Ezekiel 18:32 “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone,” declares the Lord GOD, “so turn, and live.”
The song linked below includes these words about the uncertainty of life, with a look at the only true constant:
“I don’t know how or when I’ll die
Will it be a thief, or will I have a chance to say goodbye?
No, I don’t know how much time is left
But in the end, I will know your faithfulness”
Worship leader Brian Doerksen tackles some of the storms in life, including death, in this song. If you’re willing, let his words and music minister to you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhnG0PGfcQw