Change is happening all around us. Everything changes: lawns never stay cut; shelves never stay dusted; babies never stay dry. Amidst all of the ongoing changes in this life—changing relationships, changing careers, changing addresses—there is a great comfort for the Christian in knowing that one thing never changes…GOD!
I the LORD do not change. (Malachi 3:6)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
There is truly no end to the comfort found in the unchangeable character of our Creator. In a world of ceaseless change, we can depend on our unchanging God. What God was in the beginning, He still is today, and will be forever!
His purpose is unchanged
His plan is unchanged
His power is unchanged
His promise is unchanged
His wisdom is unchanged
His justice is unchanged
His mercy is unchanged
His grace is unchanged
His truth is unchanged
His forgiveness is unchanged
His love is unchanged
How incredibly reassuring to know that our God changes not!
We could never in a lifetime exhaust these precious truths about our God, but I would like to sharpen our focus for a moment on His unchanging love. His love is an everlasting love: he loves us today as much as He did yesterday and as much as He will tomorrow. And this is not because of anything we have done to cause God to love us, but simply because He chose, from before the foundation of the world, to love us.
This truth sets us free from the anxiety and fear of losing a love we did nothing to earn. The love that God in Christ lavishes on us is a gift. It was not gained by our merit, but given by His mercy. And because we did nothing to earn it, we can do nothing to lose it! If we did not gain the affection of the Almighty by being good, we cannot lose His affection by being bad. We are eternally loved . . . even when we are messing it all up. Romans 8:38-39 plainly asserts that nothing can separate us from the love of God . . . nothing . . . period!
Now, there are certainly times when you and I are not loving God as we should. But our Cosmic Constant loves us with an everlasting love. We must remember that we love simply He first loved us (1 John 4:19). We are kept by His love for us, not by our love for Him. It is His faithfulness to us, not our faithfulness to Him that keeps us in our faith.
This truth of God’s unchanging, eternal love liberates us from the prison of our past and propels us into the promise of our future with the freedom and joy of knowing we are securely held in the nail-scarred hands of our Cosmic Constant.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!