Today’s Reading: Malachi 3:1-4:6 (additional reading: Psalm 150:1-6 & Proverbs 31:25-31)
There are many things that are changing rapidly all around us. We are living in a constantly changing world – and as the years go by the rate at which the changes occur are increasing more and more. Practically every phase of life changes. Travel has changed – from horse and cart to cars and air today. We hardly even take notice when a space shuttle sends someone to space any more. Political methods have changed – from absolute monarchs to democracies. The entire medical field has changed – things that were once impossible are now routine, and what used to take weeks or months to heal is now outpatient. Times have definitely changed!
I am thankful though that in our world of constant change there are some things that never change. Malachi 3:6 said ““For I am the LORD, I change not;” God was referring to His own qualities of patience, long-suffering and mercy when He said, “I am the Lord, I change not…” God is unchanging – He is unchanging in His being, in His perfections, and in His purposes. God is the great “I AM.” He is eternally perfect in every way, and His purposes will stand forever. Tomorrow many of you will be making New Year goals, things you want to do differently / better next year. Lose some wait, learn a new skill, save some money etc, but God’s purposes stay the same because they are already perfect.
You ought to be thankful today that God doesn’t change the way He feels about you – He loves you just as much today as He has ever loved you and no matter what you do you won’t change that. You can’t make God love you any more – and you can’t make God love you any less. Some of you have wrecked your lives with sin and shame in this last year, you’ve thrown away your opportunities, you’ve walked on the grace and mercy of God, you turned your back on Him, and yet He stands there with open arms waiting to receive you to Himself! He loves you!
Whatever has changed in your life this year, be sure that it wasn’t God’s love for you. He is still crazy for you and wants perfect fellowship with you.
(Thanks you to everyone who had joined be on this journey through the Old Testament during 2011. It has been a privilege to make this journey with you . Thanks to all of you who have sent messages and comments. I hope that you will stay and make a journey with me through the New Testament in 2012)