“I the Lord do not change.” (Malachi 3:6)
Oh, what a word of comfort we have before us today! Our Lord changes not, unlike everything else in the world that is in a constant state of change. Our Lord changes not!
Everything in the created order is in a state of perpetual change and deterioration. The sun grows dim. The stars grow cold. The earth grows old. The heavens and the earth must pass away to make room for the new heavens and the new earth we have been promised when our Lord Jesus returns to consummate His Kingdom. But through it all, our Lord changes not. What our Lord was He is . . . and what He is He will always be.
Here is the way the writer of Hebrews puts it, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
- His power changes not
- His knowledge changes not
- His presence changes not
- His wisdom changes not
- His glory changes not
- His kindness changes not
- His goodness changes not
- His compassion changes not
- His truth changes not
- His mercy changes not
- His grace changes not
- His love changes not
This list, of course, could be expanded to fill volumes. Is this not a source of unimaginable comfort for you, regardless of where this finds you? Perhaps your health has changed; remember that His goodness changes not. Perhaps your finances have changed; remember that His compassion changes not. Perhaps your job prospects have changed; remember that His wisdom changes not. Perhaps a special relationship in your life has changed; remember that His love changes not. He loves you today as He loved you yesterday: with an everlasting love that will follow you into eternity . . . a love that sent His only begotten Son to die for you on a cruel cross so that you could be with Him forever, world without end. Precious is the promise that our Lord changes not!
Please remember, if you find yourself in a set of circumstances where everything around you seems to be falling apart, your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ changes not. Jesus is the Rock you stood upon in the storms of the past and He wavered not because He changes not. Look to Him and hold to these words from Lamentations 3:22-26, which were written shortly after Jerusalem’s final, terrible fall in 587 B.C. In spite of the devastation and despair which surrounded him, the author was moved by the Spirit of God to write –
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!