Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and for ever.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning.
Thoughts on my thirty-second birthday:
Our God is always the same, and always new; always both the Ancient of Days and the Bright Morning Star. Always the One Who Was - never different from his own past. Always the One Who Is - absolutely himself in the here and now. Always the One Who Will Be - the promise that tomorrow and in every tomorrow he will be there, newly himself, newly the Same.
I am chained to time, but God is Free. Time is his servant. The God of the Bible - the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ - is not timeless. But he is the Master of time. He directs it. I cannot be everything I am in a moment - so much of me is lost in the past, or unknown in the future. But God is himself, at all times and in all places. He bears within himself his own past and future, perfectly. He is the Same. The newness that meets us each morning in new mercy is the real newness of God, of the God who is always old in his newness and new from ancient days. Eternal.
Our hope - the hope of the Christian - is not to be rid of time, but to have all our time and our times gathered up and united in his eternity. To experience Sabbath - sanctified time, the time which is bound to the Lord of Time, the goal and end of all our time and times.