Are you familiar with the old hymn, “Abide with Me”?
Abide with me, fast falls the eventide
The darkness deepens Lord, with me abide
When other helpers fail and comforts flee
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me
Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away
Change and decay in all around I see
O Thou who changest not, abide with me
In this song there is a crying out for the presence of God. When other helpers fail, and I feel helpless, abide with me. As the darkness deepens, abide with me. Change and decay in all around I see, but you, O God, do you change.
Please abide with me.
Today’s encouragement is to think about the unchangeable, abiding nature of the great I Am, Jesus Christ.
Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
In the book of John, Jesus made a clear and unmistakable claim to be the great I Am. The Jews knew what he was saying, and they tried to stone him for saying it. But I want to focus in on the statement of Jesus that, “Before Abraham was, I Am.”
Jesus has always been, Jesus will always be, so that means Jesus IS right now. When other helpers fail, Jesus is here. As the darkness deepens, Jesus’ presence is in the life of the Christian. When change and decay go wildly all around us and within us, Jesus is there.
“Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been upheld by Me from birth, who have been carried from the womb: even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
“You are My witnesses,” says the LORD, “And My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the LORD, and besides Me there is no savior.
“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.
There is no other savior. Jesus is it. Even to our gray hairs, he will carry us. He made us, and he sustains us. Jesus cares for us. He never changes. His love never fades.
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.” So we may boldly say: “THE LORD IS MY HELPER; I WILL NOT FEAR. WHAT CAN MAN DO TO ME?” … Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.