Really? Two things?!
Now that I have your attention, let me tell you what these two things are. They are true for all of us, regardless of where this message finds you. The two things that never change are:
2. The fact that there will always be change in your life!
I think you would agree that it is a whole lot easier dealing with life when we deal with it truthfully. First, we know that God never changes, and that is very good news! Those of us in the theological community refer to this as God’s attribute of immutability. God simply does not change. He does not change His mind, He does not change His plan, and His feelings toward us never change. He does not have a Plan A, and then respond to our actions and go with Plan B, for not even a bird falls to the ground apart from His will (Matthew 10:29).
Knowing this first truth is a source of great comfort for the Christian. God is the same, regardless of what is going on in the world around us and regardless of what is going on inside of us. We read this truth in Scripture and we sing about it in congregations all over the world.
He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind. (1 Samuel 15:29 NIV)
I the Lord do not change. (Malachi 3:6)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17 NIV)
However, as contrary as it might seem, the second truth is also very comforting for the Christian believer. Everything other than God is always changing. Now, I know the only person who actually likes change is a wet baby, but whether we like it or not, change is happening around us and within us. It never stops!
Some of these changes are welcome and some are not. Advances in medicine have turned diseases that were once dread killers into a note in a history book. There have been remarkable technological changes that have helped us advance in all areas of life. But while these changes have made life longer, easier, and more productive, they have not come without a cost. Today we can communicate with people all over the world at the touch of a button. At the same time, however, we no longer have to build real relationships with face-to-face communication. Today’s technological advances in communication have created individual lives that are, as the saying goes, “a mile wide, but only an inch deep.”
So . . . how do we deal with this second truth that everything except God is in a state of constant change, including you and the life you are living? We must believe and fully embrace the first truth! The only way to effectively deal with the truth of change is to view it in light of the truth that God never changes. He is the one constant we have, in both life and death, and He is the One we are to focus our attention on.
When those we love move away, we can be assured that God never moves away. When those we love begin showing the debilitating effects of aging, we can be assured that God does not age. When those we love die, we can be assured that God never dies.
What change are you dealing with today? Are you facing changes in your personal life? Changes in your professional life? Have the climactic changes in our economy triggered difficult changes in your life? Regardless of the changes you are confronting and the anxiety they might be causing you, keep looking to the only One who never changes. And along the way, you must trust that our sovereign, immutable God is working every one of those changes for your good and His glory.
One last thought: the most important change you will go through is to be conformed into the likeness of Jesus (Romans 8:29). This means two things: first, it is going to be painful! Second, God will not stop His work until it is completed, and it will not be completed until you get to the other side. Yes, along with the apostle Paul, we can be sure of this: “that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!