Circumstances Change, God Does Not
“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed”
As I am writing this devotion, I am in the midst of my upcoming wedding, while also living through a historical event. This season, of having almost everything change, hasn’t been my personal favorite. From switching venues to having to tell some loved ones that we can’t have them attend due to restrictions on allowed attendance, it has made for some stressful conversations and for some tough decisions. I didn’t ask for this and I would never recommend it to anyone. However, in the midst of everything changing about a major life event that I have been looking forward to for months, I am thankful that God does not change!
One of the verses of comfort for me has been Malachi 3:6. In this text, the Lord is declaring the fact that He does not change and that He has remained the same. The literal translation of this text can read “For I the LORD have not changed my nature, therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not finished.” It’s such a great reminder to know that God is not done yet. It’s so reassuring to know that despite our past failures, present sins, and future mistakes, He still loves us and will continue to love us. In the midst of this pandemic and of uneasy times, it’s a calming reassurance to know that God has not changed and therefore His love towards us has not changed either.
I think the great theologian Charles Spurgeon said it best when he said, “Mountains, when in darkness hidden, are as real as in the day, and God’s love is as true to you now as it was in your brightest moments.” God is unchanging and neither is His love. Although circumstances may change, plans may change, and all of life looks different than it did 6 months ago, God’s character and nature remain the same. His love remains the same and His grace is just as available now as it has ever been.
Pray and thank God that He does not change. Thank Him for His enduring love and His enduring faithfulness to His people.
Student Ministry Team
First Baptist Broken Arrow