Yesterday, Today, Forever
“I the Lord do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.”
Malachi 3:6 (NIV UK)
Have you heard of the smartphone app: Postmates? In the USA It lets you order food from almost any restaurant in your city and have it delivered right to your door. It’s amazing! These days, it feels like the world is changing faster than ever. But in the midst of all the change, the writer of Hebrews tells us that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
But what does that mean? It’s hard to grasp the reality of God’s timelessness for us, because we exist within time and are subject to its natural laws, which really means that we’re subject to change. Over the course of our lives, there is very little that will not change. Our memories, appearance, preferences, opinions, and even—whether we like it or not—our bodies.
And as much as we might like to believe otherwise, our faith isn’t immune to this, either. Events in our lives have a huge impact on what we believe and why, and can lead to us to changing our minds or hearts about God. Some of us may even know friends or family members who, over time, have stopped believing in him entirely. But we may be thankful, God isn’t like us. He exists outside of time, and the Bible reminds us that he doesn’t change as we do. For example: “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind” (1 Samuel 15:29).
Most importantly, God doesn’t change his mind about us, his beloved children. No matter how our views, opinions or feelings about our Heavenly Father might shift, his love toward us never wavers. As the Apostle Paul reminds us: “If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself” (2 Timothy 2:13). This means that no matter what, God is and will always be exactly who he is and always has been: righteous, holy, all-powerful and all loving. And no matter how much the world around us might change, that will always be true.
Eternal Father, thank you for your faithfulness. You have reached from your immortality and eternity, to touch us mortals, subject to change, to decay and death. Help us to appreciate to the full your timelessness, your changelessness, and above all your faithfulness. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Study by Joseph Tkach
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