He Never Changes
These past few weeks at our Church Service at River, our Pastor, Dr Stephen Tan, has been preaching and ministering on being UNITED with God. This is so vital in our relationship with God and with one another. Being UNITED with God is key when it comes to fulfilling God’s purpose for our life and for His church.
It is when we are totally rooted in God that we are completely free. It is when we are absolutely dependent on God that we are truly strong.
This is so because God’s love is never-ending, His grace is everlasting and His power is infinite. When we unite ourselves with Him, we are drawing from His strength and ability that empower us and give us renewed hope always.
One very fundamental characteristic of God’s nature that He especially draws me to today is that God never changes. Look around you and you will observe changes are taking place everywhere every moment. In fact, look at yourself and you may discover you have changed from how you used to be.
But our God, He never ever changes. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 13:8 (NLT), “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
No wonder being constantly UNITED with God is so important. When all else change, when people change, when we change, we know that the God Whom we trust and depend on never. When our career fails, God’s will for us to succeed remains infallible. When we are sick, God’s healing power remains great. When our marriage breaks down, God’s reconciliation power always is there to restore. When we are weary and weak, God’s strength always upholds us. Even when we stray away from God, His grace is always sufficient for us.
God never changes. What a truth I so very need today as I witness changes all around me and anticipate more of them in the days ahead. I need to be grounded on this truth so that my security is founded upon God and not circumstances and my future rooted in Him and not on external conditions.
In the Bible, there is a parable familiar with many Christians – the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. He is the younger son in a family who asks from his father his share of inheritance prematurely. After his father has given it to him, he goes away to live in a wayward manner, seeking only to satisfy his fleshly desires. After he has squandered all of the money and is in a terrible and helpless state, he comes to his senses and decides to return home to his father. On his way home, he decides that he no longer deserves to be the beloved son he used to be. He thinks that because he has changed, his status in the family will no longer remain. He decides he is going to confess his wrongdoings to his father, and asks for him to accept him as a slave.
I sometimes feel like this son. I think that because of my failings, I now deserve less of God’s love and goodness. I imagine that because my heart has grown cold and somewhat indifferent, I now do not qualify to be serving God in the same capacity as before. I assume that because conditions have changed, I now am of a lesser status in the eyes of God.
In the parable of the prodigal son, it turns out that even when he is a distance away from home, his father already is there looking out for him, waiting for him, hoping for his return. Upon catching sight of his son from afar, the father runs to his son, embraces him and adorns him with all items that signify his supreme identity of his father’s beloved son in the family.
The son thinks that because of his mistakes, his father will love him less than before. He thinks that because he now has a tainted past, his position in the heart of the father is now lower. But how completely differently the father thinks of him. The father’s love for the son has not changed. The father’s heart for the son to return to the family has not changed.
Our Heavenly Father never changes. Whatever failures you met with last year, whatever mistakes you have committed, whatever addiction or sinful habits you are in now, God’s love for you never changes. He is right there, waiting for you to turn back to Him. He is right there, with arms wide open, waiting to embrace You. God never changes. But He can change you, if you would let Him, by returning to be UNITED with Him.
Join me in this prayer.
Dear Lord, I limit You so many times. Forgive my finite mind that sometimes fails to see You love me infinitely more than I can imagine. I come to my senses this moment like the prodigal son, to understand that my identity as Your beloved and precious child always remains because You, my Lord, never change. Fill me afresh this day with Your wisdom, power and love so that I live to fulfill Your purpose for me and so that I can touch the lives around me. No matter how things change around me, I fix my eyes on You, my unchanging Rock, Anchor and Salvation. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.