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Enjoy a Piece of Pi

Devotional 3.15.23

Dear Faith Family, 

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him,” (Lamentations 3:22-24). 

“Try a brief experiment: Using a compass, draw a circle. Take one piece of string and place it on top of the circle, exactly once around. Now straighten out the string; its length is called the circumference of the circle. Measure the circumference with a ruler. Next, measure the diameter of the circle, which is the length from any point on the circle straight through its center to another point on the opposite side. If you divide the circumference of the circle by the diameter, you will get approximately 3.14—no matter what size circle you drew! A larger circle will have a larger circumference and a larger radius, but the ratio will always be the same. If you could measure and divide perfectly, you would get 3.141592653589793238..., or pi,” ( 

Who’d a thunk it?  Right there in front of our faces every day are sermon sacs highlighting the nature of our God!  Where?  Circles.  Everywhere.  The sun in the sky.  The trunk of the tree in your front yard.  The tail feathers of a gobbler in strut (ok, maybe not really but they’re part of a circle!)  The eye in the mirror.  You get the picture.  But how are those circles highlighting the nature of our God? 

Two truths:  1. God is immutable.  He does not change.  He is not evolving or growing in His understanding.  He is steadfast.  He is faithful.  The ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter is always pi.  It does not change.  It is consistent.  2. God is eternal.  He has no beginning and no end!  Inconceivable!  “Pi is an irrational number, meaning that its decimal form neither ends (like 1/4 = 0.25) nor becomes repetitive (like 1/6 = 0.166666...),” ( 

Our faithfulness is limited by time and space.  God, on the other hand is limited by neither.  That He is eternal enables His endless, steadfast love.  Are your current circumstances tempting you to doubt the eternal, unchanging love of God in Christ?  Here’s an experiment.  Trace the promises of God throughout the Word of God.  How has He proven His eternal, unchanging love to His people, time and time and time again, throughout all of history?  To Noah?  To Abraham?  To Moses?  To David?  To Peter?  To you? 

Don’t look past that yogurt lid today.  Instead, be reminded of the God of His Word who is both immutable and eternal! 

In awe of our God, 
Pastor Karl