“I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” - Malachi 3:6
The minds and attitudes of large groups of people can be easily changed. For example, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem a multitude began to praise God for all the mighty miracles He had performed. They shouted, “Hosanna, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord” (Mark 11:9,10). In just a short time, a few chapters later, this same group who was ready to crown Jesus as King was now shouting, “Crucify him - Crucify him!” What a dramatic change!
Our nation is in fast-forward - radical change everyday and at every turn. When life is not going as people hope, they are ready to make a change. Oddly, the change they want is to alter everyone and everything else around them. The concept of making a personal change is not an option because they see themselves as the standard that others should meet. Therefore people are quick to change government policies, societal norms, basic education, family values, wholesome entertainment, customary slogans, traditional logos, and common definitions – all in the name of progress. This politically correct progress has infected everything from the White House, down to our courthouse, and sadly it is now into our church house.
There is much uncertainty because of all the change that has happened so quickly that people have lost hope. So then for those who speak up with hope in Christ they are considered intolerant. For those who talk about God’s love they are charged with hate speech. With all the uncertainty, many times we feel like a stir-crazy squirrel trying to cross the street, “Go! – Don’t go! Speak! – Don’t speak! Which way should I go?” Until finally we get run over.
Yet, in the midst of all the change and uncertainty there is hope. It is found in the fact that the LORD God does not change. God’s word does not change. His will, His ways, His character, and His grace do not change. If God changed then that assumes that God was not perfect to begin with. For something or someone to change that implies imperfection so a change is assumed for improvement. So if God could change, it would be for the worst because how can you improve on perfection? How can you improve upon perfect love, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion, perfect righteousness, and perfect grace?
As believers we are instructed to reverence the LORD and “meddle not with them that are given to change for their calamity shall rise suddenly” (Proverbs 24:21,22). Change is not always good; nevertheless we are to be Christ-like in the midst of our ever-changing world by showing compassion without compromise. Share your hope in Jesus Christ and speak the “truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). In an ever-changing world someone who really wants hope will receive the unchanging grace and salvation of the LORD.
David C. Hale, pastor