Grace For The Journey
Change is happening all around us. I am sure that you have experienced change in your life this past year. Everything changes: lawns never stay cut; shelves never stay dusted; and, babies never stay dry. Amidst all of the ongoing changes in this life – changing relationships, changing careers, changing addresses – there is a great comfort for the Christian in knowing that one thing never changes…GOD!
Both the Old and New Testaments remind us of this marvelous truth. The Bible says in Malachi 3:6, “For I am the LORD, I do not change.” And the Bible says in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
There is truly no end to the comfort found in the unchangeable character of our Creator. In a world of ceaseless change, we can depend on our unchanging God. What God was in the beginning, He still is today, and will be forever!
- His purpose is unchanged
- His plan is unchanged
- His power is unchanged
- His promise is unchanged
- His wisdom is unchanged
- His justice is unchanged
- His mercy is unchanged
- His grace is unchanged
- His truth is unchanged
- His forgiveness is unchanged
- His love is unchanged
How incredibly reassuring to know that our God changes not!
We could never in a lifetime exhaust these precious truths about our God, but I would like to sharpen our focus for a moment on His unchanging love. His love is an everlasting love: He loves us today as much as He did yesterday and as much as He will tomorrow. And this is not because of anything we have done to cause God to love us, but simply because He chose, from before the foundation of the world, to love us.
This truth sets us free from the anxiety and fear of losing a love we did nothing to earn. The love that God in Christ lavishes on us is a gift.
It was not gained by our merit,
But given by His mercy.
And because we did nothing to earn it, we can do nothing to lose it! If we did not gain the affection of the Almighty by being good, we cannot lose His affection by being bad. We are eternally loved (Jeremiah 31:3) . . . even when we are messing it all up. Romans 8:38-39 plainly asserts that nothing can separate us from the love of God . . . nothing . . . period!
Now, there are certainly times when you and I do not love God as we should. But our God loves us constantly and consistently with an everlasting love. We must remember that we love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). We are kept by His love for us, not by our love for Him. It is His faithfulness to us, not our faithfulness to Him that keeps us in our faith.
This truth of God’s unchanging, eternal love liberates us from the prison of our past and propels us into the promise of our future with the freedom and joy of knowing we are securely held in the nail-scarred hands of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ!
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”