The three little pigs is a great children’s story. One built his house out of straw. The big bad wolf huffed and puffed and blew his house down in order to get to the bacon. Another built his house out of sticks. The big bad wolf huffed and puffed and blew his house down also. But the third little pig built his house out of brick and no matter how hard the big bad wolf huffed and puffed, he couldn’t blow down that house. We all need a solid foundation upon which to build a good life. We not only live in physical structures, but we also live in social structures. We build them for ourselves. We build houses out physical material, but we build homes out of spiritual material. Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 5:24)

We all need a blueprint in order to build a solid house and we need another blue print to build a solid life. The blueprint for houses is written in the laws of physics. We must follow them or we’ll suffer the consequences of the first two little pigs. The blueprint for building a solid home and a solid life is God’s word. Alan Shepherd was asked in preparation of being blasted into outer space, what he was counting on. He said, “That God won’t change the laws when we get out there.” God’s laws are dependable, both in nature and in life.

James says that God is, “The Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” MacArthur rightly observed that “the Father of lights,” was an ancient Jewish reference to God as the Creator. But he wrongly contrasts the lights with God. He says, “The lights are the sun, moon, and stars—celestial bodies created by God. From our perspective, the sun, moon, and stars move, disappear, change in shape, or vary in intensity—their benefit to us comes and goes. But with God there is no variation or shifting.” It’s not in “contrast” to the lights, but in comparison to the lights. Just as the lights were created for “signs and seasons” (Genesis 1), they are reliable with their movements. We find our way in the dark by noting the location of the stars in the sky. We can count on the movement of the celestial lights to measure time and mark the seasons. Just as physics’ laws do not change, God’s spiritual laws do not change. As shepherd counted on the laws of physics, you and I can count on the laws of God to get us into the unknown and back again. Isaiah wrote, “The grass withers and flowers fade, but the Word of God will stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:8).

“I am the Lord. I do not change.” Malachi 3:6