The change I would like us to meditate on today is not the change you might have in your pockets or that’s lying around on the dresser or in your car. I’m talking about the change takes place every moment of every day. And after changing diapers for four babies in our home, I have come to the profound conclusion that the only person who really likes change is a wet baby!
Every aspect of our lives is in a constant state of change . . . whether we like it or not. No matter who you are or where you live or what level of education you have completed, your life is a maze of twisting, turning changes . . . that may be for the better or the worse. Our bodies are in a constant state of change. Someone has said that we are all dying at the rate of 60 minutes an hour. We lose hair. We gain weight. We need more energy and less gas. Life is a constant challenge of change, and none of us can do anything about it.
But there is one thing in our lives that remains constant and unchanging.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
The immutability of God (that is, His eternally unchanging nature) is a comfort to the Christian. Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever. “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind” (1 Samuel 15:29). He is “the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).
Now, that certainly does not mean that God is predictable or manageable! He bursts into our lives at times when we least expect Him to show up. And there are those times when we cry out to Him, but He seems to be silent. But through it all, we can count on Him and trust in Him, because He does not change!
Now, inasmuch as we are in a constant state of change, nothing happens to us by accident or due to some random roll of the dice. This may come as a surprise to some, but there is no such thing as “good luck” or “bad luck.” Change has no sovereignty over our lives; only God is sovereign. It is “God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways” (Daniel 5:23b NKJV), and not so much as a bird falls to the ground apart from His will (Matthew 10:27).
God is seated on the throne, ruling over all the universe and sovereign over everything that happens, including all the changes we go through. And the one change that we welcome most of all is the change that is being wrought in us by the Holy Spirit—who, if He is indwelling us by virtue of faith in Jesus Christ, is conforming us into the likeness of Christ. Sometimes that change is painful, at other times it is disruptive. Often it is utterly imperceptible to us. But always it is for our good and the glory of God.
The work of the Gospel in our lives is to work more of Jesus into us and more of us out. As change in our lives is making us decrease and depend more and more on God, Jesus is increasing in our lives and anchoring us more firmly on the Rock of life. As John the Baptist said, “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30). Change is a good thing for the Christian, because it always passes through the nail-scarred hands of the Unchanging One.
A fitting close today comes from an unknown author: “Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.”
So . . . what do you choose today?
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!