God and Middle C

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no  variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17

Max Lucado writes in his book, Traveling Light, the following story.

“When Lloyd Douglas, author of The Robe and other novels attended college, he lived in a boardinghouse. A retired, wheelchair-bound music professor resided on the first floor. Each morning Douglas would stick his head in the door of the teacher’s apartment and ask the same question, “Well, what’s the good news?” The old man would pick up his tuning fork, tap it on the other side of the wheelchair, and say, “That’s middle C! It was middle C yesterday; it will be middle C tomorrow; it will be middle C a thousand years from now. The tenor sings flat. The piano across the hall is out of tune, but, my friend, that is middle C.”

An even greater source of comfort than knowing the constancy of middle C, is knowing the constancy of God; I think it not off the mark to say that only because God is constant, is middle C constant. We are citizens of a world gorged with trouble who wisely call for change, while at the very moment our words are voiced, we recognize the chance of significant change to be scant.

Undergirding the believer is the blessed knowledge that Jesus Christ is LORD, that He is our Saviour, that He never changes, never loses strength, never makes a mistake; He does not awaken in the morning wondering how His day will progress. Whoops! is not in His vocabulary. No prayer ever ascends that causes a divine furrowed brow, nor occasions Him to say, Hmmm…not sure about that.

We do not know who will be elected President of the United States come November, nor how well that man will serve. By the moment is change and unsteadiness observed in economics, understandings of global warming or freezing, and of energy resources and expenditures. Of every issue at home and every issue abroad will be sought and effected change–now, and in the future; some appropriately and advantageously–other to discredit and regression.

We may rest in this: God is unchanging, unmovable, and totally in charge. In Him is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Middle C was so yesterday, today, and will be forever…because of the splendid, resolute nature of God.


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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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8 Responses to God and Middle C

  1. kirkmuirhillrev says:

    Thank you, I appreciate that.

  2. I’ve beeen thinking about this very thought a lot lately- the unchangeableness of God in a world that is changing so quickly. I’m so glad that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the only stability there really is in this world.

  3. dean says:

    Amen and Amen!

  4. Shirley says:

    Thanks for all your comments. I appreciate your taking the time to read and respond. Have a blessed evening.

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  6. elmantheman says:

    Hi Shirley,

    I firmly believe God the Father does not change, there is no shadow of turning nor variableness; and it is impossible for Him to lie. God the Father has problems too.

    Are you sure Jesus Christ never changes? What do you mean by never changes?

  7. Elmantheman: Yes, I’m sure Jesus Christ never changes. What I mean by never changes is that He is always the same. Scripture states in Hebrews 13:8 that “He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

    I’m curious to know the source of your question.

    What problem does God have?

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