Malachi 3:6 -“For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. NKJV
It’s funny, but as soon as I pasted the verse to this blog I heard my mother-in-law’s voice say, “God don’t never change!” And that’s the gospel truth! God don’t never change!
Change is a way of life. Some changes are good, natural changes. We are born babies, then we are children, and before you know it, we are adults. Our bodies are constantly changing. That’s a beautiful thing. Another change we experience in life is going from elementary school, to middle school, to high school, and some of us, to college. All positive changes that we expect and often look forward to.
But there are other changes that are not so wonderful. Change happens throughout life, often catching us off guard, like death in the family, loss of a job, broken relationships, illnesses, or even natural disasters. These types of changes can be devasting and have a lasting effect on our lives, our families, our finances, and even our mental health. But understand, they happen to us all!
Sometimes when things happen, you feel like it is the worst thing that could have happened to you, but if you will not panic and throw in the towel, a blessing may be around the corner.
I think of Joseph. He was the favored son of his father. Life was good for him. He was even having prophetic dreams about his future, and things were looking great. But then a change happens. His brothers want to kill him but decide to sell him into slavery instead. He gets to Egypt, and God’s favor is upon him. As he’s learning to live with his situation as second in command in Potiphar’s house, when Potiphar’s wife tries to seduce him. When that doesn’t work, she lies and says he tried to seduce her. He’s thrown into prison. Things just keep changing around Joseph and he has no control over them. Not only does he not have control over them, but they also go from bad to worst. Until Pharaoh has a dream and Joseph is the only person who can give the interpretation. After Joseph is taken from prison to see Pharaoh, life changes again and he becomes second only to Pharaoh! One change after another, from good to bad to ugly and then to best! God was with him! Cause God never changes!
I think of David. He was a shepherd boy and was happy with his sheep, praising God. Then his life changed. He was anointed king but sent back to the sheep. Then he was called upon to play music for Saul because of an evil spirit that tormented Saul. When one day, his life changes forever. He fights and kills Goliath. Now he is a warrior and loved by all. Except for Saul! He was living in the palace and eating at the king’s table when the king tried to kill him. His life changes again, and he’s on the run from Saul. But while he’s on the run, he becomes a leader of a group of disgruntled and discouraged men who became mighty warriors. Life changes again when he becomes king of Judah, then later king of Israel. Changes upon changes. None of this probably felt good to him, but through it all, he became a great leader, a man of compassion, and a warrior. God was with him throughout all of those changes, because God promised to never leave him! God don’t never change!
Then there was Saul. He was trained under Gamalio to be a good Jewish man. He knew the law. But then Jews started talking about the Way and a man named Jesus. He couldn’t have it. He wanted nothing to do but to stop this change that was happening amongst his people. So he went on a campaign to arrest those who strayed from the faith of Judaism to embrace the Way. He was so angry with them that he didn’t even care when they were murdered. Then one day he was traveling to Damascus. On the way, he encountered Jesus. His life was changed that day. His entire philosophy and life’s work had been thrown a curve. But he encountered Jesus. And he had to decide if he would flow with change, or stick with the way things were. Well, Saul accepted the change and went on to have great experiences with God. God don’t never change!
Each of the people mentioned experienced changes in their lives. Abraham, Moses, Noah, Jacob, and so many others, if not all of them, experienced changes in their lives. Some of them went through several changes like Moses. While others only seemed to have a few. But they all experienced changes. And so will we! It’s inevitable!
Now here’s the point. God never changes! When Joseph was going through his changes, God was with him. When David was going through his changes, God was with him. When Saul experienced his changes, God was with him, because God doesn’t change.
He promised to never leave us, nor to forsake us. He hasn’t changed. Jesus said it like this:
and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:20 NKJV
The writer of Hebrews said this about the Lord:
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”Hebrews 13:5b-6 NKJV
Whether changes come at the hands of men, or just circumstances, God is with us and He never changes! We don’t have to fear changes. Even the difficult ones, because God is with us. And because God is with, what can man do to us! Be encouraged today in this truth, no matter the change that you have to experience today or tomorrow, God will be with you, because He never changes! Wonderful Jesus!