Wednesday, April 11, 2012

He Changes Not.

In Malachi 3:6 the Lord declares:  "I am the LORD, I do not change." This sentiment is repeated through the apostle Paul in the New Testament when he writes in Hebrews 13:8: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." God according to the scriptures is constant: His character is consistent.

The concept of a consistent, changeless God seems to be in direct contradiction with the ever-changing world in which we live. All around us it seems that things are changing. In fact we often state matter-of-factly that the only constant is change or that the more things change the more things stay the same. 

But what is our role in relationship to change? Is change a good thing? Does God's seeming changelessness mean that we are also to be changeless? These are the types of questions that seem to bubble up to the surface of our consciousness when we are experiencing change in our lives. 

To answer these questions there is no more potent source of inspiration than holy writ. The bible tells us God is the potter and we are the clay. Writing through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit Isaiah states:

 But now, O LORD,
You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8

We are the work of God's hands. We are to be moldable and pliable in the skilled hands of our creator. While God is unaffected by time and temptation we are to be formed daily into the image of our creator. Continued adjustments will be made at His discretion and if we are in right relationship to Him the changes we experience will be welcomed. The apostle James writes:

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4

You and I do and should change. Change is not something to be feared, but embraced. Because as we change within the constraints of a saving relationship with Christ we are continually molded into new creations. So the next time you see a potential change on the horizon or around the corner just remember that God has great plans for your life and change is the street that gets you there.

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