One of the guarantees in life is that things change. Some changes are relatively easy to handle while other changes are extremely challenging. Life can be simple and life can be messy. Regardless of the relative simplicity of life or messiness of life, things constantly change.
Our church is undergoing a change from a long-tenured Senior Pastor to a newly called Senior Pastor in Waiting. I am anticipating a change from 42 years of serving as a Senior Pastor to a life of active retirement. Things change and life must go on.
There are four things that will never change no matter how simple or challenging a life change may be. These four things are truths we can cling to in the midst of change.
In the midst of change, God never changes. Malachi 3:6 says, “For I, the Lord, do not change...”
In this passage of Malachi, God is telling the people of Israel that He will continue to have mercy on those who repent. He will continue to refine His people like gold and silver. He will continue to judge those who sin. In other words, He will be consistent with the way He was in “the days of old”.
God is telling the people of Israel that He hasn’t changed and will not change. God has no need to change because He is perfect without fault nor flaws. When things change in our lives, it is important to always have an anchor.
We can proceed with confidence and clarity because we know that God is consistent. Hebrews 13:8 reveals to us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.” People do so much better when they have consistency in their lives.
Children do much better when their parents are consistent. They have more confidence. The Bible says, “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’…” Matthew 5:33a. Parents need to embrace this principle of consistency just as our Heavenly Parent does.
We can also proceed with confidence because we know God’s unchanging desire for us is for good.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” We feel so much better when we know someone is in our corner and wants the best for us.
So, whatever changes are going on in your life at this moment in time, you can know this...in the midst of change, God never changes.
Something to think about and three more to come…