Always the Same
For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. ~Malachi 3:6
We live in a world of constant change. Technology changes, fashion changes, attitudes change, fads change, areas change, and people change. Change is dynamic. Change is sometimes welcome. Sometimes, change is seen as volatile and an indication of unreliability. One Person is for sure and completely reliable: God never changes. Let us see the power in the Lord’s statement, “I change not.”
We see the character.
It is God’s character and essence to be unchangeable. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” God is the same in all His attributes. He is always the same in His love, His mercies, His grace, His holiness, His righteousness, His justice, and His longsuffering. He is unchangeable in His capacity, His infinity, His purposes, and His power. God is forever eternal and, by His own proclamation, from everlasting to everlasting. He is the same in His power as He was at creation. He is the same in His marvelous love and grace as He was when He sent Jesus to die for our sins. “For I am the LORD, I change not.”
We see the constant.
Being unchangeable is a constant for God. He is ALWAYS the same. Titus 1:2 tells us that God cannot lie. He is forever truth because truth is one of His many attributes. James 1:17 tells us that God has no variableness, neither shadow of turning. God is timeless: time has no effect on Him. God is faithful: always faithful. God is not flaky or subject to change. If God is not immutable, His Word cannot be trusted. If God is not immutable, we have nowhere to place our complete trust. “For I am the LORD, I change not.”
We see the capable.
Because God is unchangeable, He is unlimited in capacity and power. There is nothing that God cannot do. He is able to save to the uttermost those who come to Him. He is able to give comfort and mercies to all who are hurting and broken. He is able to supply all our need. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” He hears every prayer and answers all of them according to His perfect will. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”
We see the comfort.
Because God is unchangeable, we have great comfort. There is comfort knowing that His mercies come to me each day and that they are new every morning. This means that they are fresh and customized for my need that day. It is a comfort to know that I can trust in the Lord with all my heart and not have to lean on my own understanding. It is a comfort that He will never leave me nor forsake me. It is comforting to know that the Lord is my Helper and I do not have to fear what man will do to me. I am comforted to know that God holds the future. He tells us how everything will work out, and He has placed us on the winning side. His unchangeable nature comforts us to say, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Be comforted today that God says, “For I am the LORD, I change not.”
Have a satisfying God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Joel 1-3