It is good that, despite all the variableness of life, there is One who cannot change. One whose heart can never alter, and on whose brow uncertainty can make no furrows.
Everything else has changed. All things are changing. The sun itself dims with age; the world is growing old; the folding up of the worn-out clothing has commenced. The heavens and earth must soon pass away. They will perish, growing old like a garment. But there is One who only has immortality, of whose years there is no end, and in whose person there is no change. The delight which the sailor feels when he steps upon the solid shore after having been tossed about for many a day, is the satisfaction of a Christian when amidst all the changes of this life, he rests the foot of his faith upon this truth “I the LORD do not change.”
The anchor gives a ship its stability. Likewise, the Christian’s hope gives him stability when he fixes on the glorious truth that with God, “who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17) Whatever His attributes were yesterday, they remain today: His power, His wisdom, His justice, and His truth, are all unchanged. He has always been the refuge of His people, their stronghold in their day of trouble, and He is still their reliable Helper.
He is unchanging in His love. He has loved His people with an everlasting love and He loves us now as much as ever He did. When all earthly things shall have melted away, His love will still wear the dew of its youth. Precious is the assurance that He never changes! The wheel of providence turns, but its axle is eternal love.
“Death and change are busy ever, Man decays, and ages move; But His mercy waneth never; God is wisdom, God is love.”
Question: How does God’s unchanging nature give you comfort in difficult times of instability?
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”1 “He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”2
William Wordsworth also said it well: “That best portion of a good man’s life; his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.”
The following well-known anonymous poem is well worth a reminder:
“Whatever our hands touch –
We leave fingerprints!
On walls, on furniture
On doorknobs, dishes, books.
There’s no escape.
As we touch we leave our identity.”
So for today’s suggested prayer: “Dear God:
‘Wherever I go today
‘Heartprints of kindness
And genuine concern.
May my heart touch a lonely neighbor
Or a runaway daughter
Or an anxious mother
Or perhaps an aged grandfather.
‘Send me out today
To leave heartprints.
And if someone should say,
“I felt your touch,”
May they also sense the love
that is deep within my heart.’3
“Thank You God for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name, amen.”
1. Ephesians 4:32 (NIV).
2. Proverbs 14:31 (NIV).