June 12, 2004Email to a FriendPrint
“I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.” Malachi 3:6
We face many transitions in life and realize how rapidly our world changes. The book “Future Shock” details the enormous changes taking place both in number and in speed of change. We feel as thought we are riding a merry-go-round that goes faster and faster until everything around us is blurry. What can we count on? What solid object can we grasp? Change can be positive or negative, but in either case we need to adjust to it.
In Malachi God says to Israel, “I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendents of Jacob, are not destroyed. He implies that Israel has turned from God and gone back on her covenant responsibilities. She has changed in her relationship to God. But God reaffirms His love. He does not go back on His covenant promises. He pleads, “Return to Me and I will return to you” (Malachi 3:7).
In this changing world we often stand guilty of changing our loyalties from God to the enticements of worldly progress. But God, who sent His Son to fulfill His covenant promise by dying on the cross for our sins, declares to us, “I the LORD do not change.” He provides solid ground for us as we come to Him in repentance. Indeed, we have “a changeless Christ for a changing world." We can see God’s hand in change and turn to Him for strength until He calls us home eternally.
PRAYER: O unchanging Lord, give me the strength to endure the changes in this world. Amen.
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