November 7, 2009
For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. Malachi 3:6
Have you noticed that when people change the name of an item, they often change its value as well?
For example, I've noticed that a store that sells "footwear" charges more for their products than a store that sells "shoes." A "journal" is usually more expensive than a "magazine." And a business that has "clientele" is often a lot more expensive than a shop that has "customers."
When I mentioned those examples to one of my friends at Lutheran Hour Ministries' headquarters, he immediately added, "Don't forget, a trip to a men's "hair salon" will set you back three times as much as a visit to a "barber."
That same principle probably applies to people, too. I wonder if a "prison guard" makes less than a "security officer," or if a "garbage man" is less appreciated than a "sanitation engineer." Is a "rat catcher" of less value than a "rodent exterminator"?
Of course, there are some things that simply don't change. You know, things like the proverbial death and taxes.
Here's another item that can be added to the list of unchangeables: most of us carry around sins and shortcomings, pains and problems.
This is why we need that one other thing which doesn't change: the forgiveness that comes to us through the Savior's blood-bought salvation.
Because of Jesus' sacrifice, we know there is nothing that can separate believers from the love of God. Not nothing, no how.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, we thank You that You are changeless. Because of Your unchanging love we are forgiven of past sins and the condemnation that once awaited us. Thank You for Your unconditional love, which comes to us through Jesus and in whose Name, we pray. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries