“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6 ESV
With all that is going on around us, it can be tempting to lean into the ideology that our God is changing in His nature, or that He has not yet caught up with our issues. With parents getting sick, grandparents looking “older”, children going off to college in another state, the mortgage costs going up another year, the paycheck looking short (yet again), the surprising bills that show up in the mailbox UNINVITED 😉, the extra weight that seemed to have pop up from nowhere, the lack of energy to think how to prepare chicken again…you catch my drift by now, many changes are taking place in our lives. Some for the good, some for the not so good.
There are times changes come on the heels of each other, at times, they are spaced out. Overall though, changes will come. My pastor told me during the early years of my son’s teenage journey that:
All living things grow 🌱
All growing things change 🌳
All changing things challenge 🚧
This wisdom helped me greatly to meander through the changes which came with him transitioning into teenage life. When my dad and I dropped my sister in college three years ago, we had to deal with the changes of her no longer being around, seeing her walk away at age 17 into a ‘grown-up’ world was difficult. Here was my baby girl (we’re 11 years apart) now transitioning into life on her own, in a state nearly 22 hours by car away. When we bought our first house, we had to deal with the changes that there was no longer a landlord to call to replace the toilet, or the washing machine, or the lawnmower – all within 2 months of home purchase. We had to depend on God to provide.
When mom was unemployed for 8 months (four months after home purchase), we had to look to God each week for provision of food and bill payment. When grandma had to deal with surgeries and biopsies and having a catheter in…we had do deal with those changes too. When my son, a normally confident boy began high school in a different city, we had to deal with the changes of him ‘not fitting’ in and being betrayed by those he had newly considered friends.
This almost sounds like a griping session, I assure you it’s not. I just want to jog your memory and cause you to consider all the changes you have gone through.
For some of you, it’s a health condition that doesn’t seem to be easing up or getting better.
For others, it’s the loss of a spouse through death or through divorce which I’m told feels similar to death.
Yet for others, it’s homelessness, having nowhere to really call home.
Life is tough!
Can I say that again, life is tough!
It is hard…it can even feel overwhelming, but oh my friend, inspite of the hardness and toughness, God is good.
He is unchanging. He is loving, and kind. He is altogether wonderful. We could go on and on about His many attributes but today, I want us to zero in on the unchangeableness of our God!
Consider this, our God, Yahweh – is Eternal. He lives on and on and on. Scripture says, He has no beginning and no ending. He told us in Revelation 22 verse 13, “I am the first and the last, I am Alpha and Omega.”
Before Yahweh, there was no God, should there be an ending of Yahweh, there will be no God. He seals the deal, folks.
He has seen it all, been in it all (before we even get there) and is surprised by nothing at all.
When I first learnt that God lives in eternity – that concept blew my mind. We were given time (and seasons) in order to measure and track things. Can you imagine not being able to do that, we would literally describe being in pain all eternity. But God’s gift to us of time, causes us to timetable events. So we can say, “she was in pain for just an hour.”
As I considered what it means for God to be unchanging, I asked Yahweh what it truly means that He does not change. His response to me that He is constant, He is dependable, He is reliable, He can be trusted to show up on time – every time. He does not give preferential treatment to His children because He is not a biased God. His unchanging nature means that all the promises He has made to us and continues to make to us, remain intact and are forever binding. He honors His Word even above His name (Psalm 138:2). Wow!
No circumstance we face can thwart or obstruct His promises. Nothing can alter His thoughts towards us, or make Him go against His nature.
Here’s a conclusion we can all take to the bank, even at midnight…
“God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it?” Numbers 23:19 (ESV)
Until next time remember, His Promises are our Guarantee…🙌🏽
PS: Thank you to all who prayed and are still praying for mom. She was discharged yesterday (Friday) and is on her way to physical recovery via a “baby diet.”