Rev. Angus Stewart
In a world of
frequent and often disturbing, even devastating, change, it
is the believer's great comfort that he knows and serves the
unchangeable God. With lay-offs and uncertainty in our
employment, fluctuations in the stock market, concerns over
our health or those of our loved ones, revolutions in the
Arabic-speaking nations, and fears for the future, we are
supported by the truth: "I am the LORD, I change not" (Mal.
Jehovah is the
great, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-wise God, with whom is
absolutely "no variableness" or even a mere "shadow of
turning" (James 1:17). He alone can declare of Himself, "I
AM THAT I AM" (Ex. 3:14). He is always Triune (as the Father
and the Son and the Holy Spirit); always perfectly blessed,
rich and full; always sovereign, decreeing and governing all
things in heaven, in the earth and in the seas (Ps. 135:6).
He is always unchangeable in His manifold virtues, righteous
will, glorious purposes and faithful promises in the Lord
High's mercy towards His own people in Christ "endureth
forever," as Psalm 136 affirms in each of its 26 verses! The
work of grace shall be completed in each of every one of
Christ's sheep (Phil. 1:6), for "whom he did predestinate,
them he also called: and whom he called, them he also
justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified"
(Rom. 8:30). The infinite might and grace of God are pledged
for the defence and preservation of His elect church (Ps.
125:1-2), the object of the unceasing care of Him who never
"slumbers nor sleeps" (Ps. 121:4).
terrible sins of His people do not cause Jehovah's
lovingkindness towards us to fluctuate or cool, never mind
turn to hatred. Instead, out of His great love for us, He
chastens us, as a good father does his son, to bring us to
repent of our evil and so experience again His mercy in the
forgiveness of our iniquities (Heb. 12:5-11). As Malachi
puts it, "I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of
Jacob [despite your many, heinous transgressions] are not
This is our
consolation, that nothing is able to separate Jehovah's
elect, believing people from the unchangeable love of God in
Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 8:35-39). All those whom Christ
loved, He "loved them unto the end" (John 13:1), even unto
the bitter and shameful death of the cross, where the Son of
God laid down His life for the sheep the Father gave Him. As
the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, Jesus Christ is "the
same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (Heb. 13:8) and,
since He changes not, we are not—and can never be—consumed!