“Maybe the most devastating idea is simply that ‘Jesus doesn’t act like that anymore.'” – John Eldredge, Beautiful Outlaw
At various points in my life and faith journey, I have wondered if God had changed. I’ve read of the things he’s done in the Bible. I’ve heard and read stories of things He has done in people’s lives, but does He still work that way? Perhaps more importantly, does He work that way with me?
I think a lot of people ask this question in one way or another. If you want to grow in relationship with God, you will eventually come to a time when He feels distant, even absent, or at least silent. Many people never experience a sense that God is active in their life at all. This thinking is epidemic in certain faith doctrines.
Some even argue that the God of the Old Testament is different than the God of the New Testament. He is not. The God who helped David slay Goliath is the same God who is present at the baptism of Jesus. The Holy Spirit who came upon Samson and helped him kill a thousand men with the jawbone of a donkey is the same Spirit who came upon Peter and the disciples at Pentecost. The Word that was with God in the beginning and became flesh and dwelt among us is the same Jesus at the cross, the resurrection and beyond.
What makes us think He isn’t still the same?
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8