Have you ever watched a young child counting? Three chubby fingers sticking up on one hand; two on the other. One, two, three, four, five. Yay! Now try with three on both hands. And, frustratingly, they start again from the beginning; One, two, three; whilst you, the adult, are thinking ‘But you just counted those!’
Our son’s teacher explained it as ‘Constancy of Number’ and also explained that before a certain age, children struggle with the concept that the number of something doesn’t change. So, if you move wooden blocks around it doesn’t change the fact that there are six, whether they’re in two towers of three or three towers of two. We know that, it’s obvious. But to a child they will have to count them all each time they’re asked how many there are because they don’t yet understand that the number of something remains constant.
I can see similarities here with my immature understanding of the Constancy of God.
Jesus is “…the same yesterday, today and forever.” I know that He was good yesterday. So far, He’s proving Himself good today but I know that tomorrow, should someone move the bricks in my life around a bit, I’ll struggle to trust that He is good.
The Bible tells me that God has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
He’s not left or forsaken me so far, but never! That sounds pretty constant.
And there’s the challenge.
Will I take God at His word? That He, no matter what, stays the same.
He is trustworthy, He is faithful, He is constant.