Adopting Absolutes

Do you want to have the best Christmas, birthday, year, day, etc. you’ve ever had? Would you like a stability that doesn’t fluctuate with your moods and the trouble that seems to find you (James 1:2-4)? Adopt some absolutes – something that exists without being dependent on anything else.

“Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16)

In a culture that promotes relativism – the belief that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context and are not absolute – choose to focus on the absolutes found in the Bible.

Find stability in knowing that your belief system, that on which you place your faith, is absolutely secure. It does not change. Ever. Even as culture and society change as we move through history, what God says and who he is is absolute.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

Focusing on God

What will happen if you focus on the absolute unchanging nature of God? How will your life be different if you let what God says shape your belief system instead of culture?

“Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)

For starters, you’ll find peace when you focus on the absolutes in God’s word. In a chaotic world that seems to continually shift based on the collective dissatisfied mood of, well, pretty much everyone, choose to focus on the only way to have absolute peace.

What’s more, peace is only one of the benefits of focusing on the absolutes of a God who doesn’t change. You can’t read far into the Bible without finding an absolute, and I challenge you to seek them out. As you do, remember that what you’re reading is as true today as it was thousands of years ago when it was written. It has held true through many, many diverse cultures and societies.

Let the absolute truth of God’s word inspire and challenge you. Then, let it change you.

“For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” (Philippians 4:18)