“Nothing is or ever has been permanent; everything is on the move and the only constant is change.”
That is one of the saddest sentences I’ve ever read. To live in a world with nothing that is permanent is to be adrift in a sea of meaninglessness. But the author, a secular history writer, is expressing something true about reality. Every honest person recognizes that we live in a world in constant flux. Change is everywhere: on an international scale as nations and leaders of nations come and go, at a personal level when jobs change or children leave home. Friends move away. Physical health can change in the blink of an eye. Our emotional world alters daily. Think back to the concerns and worries you had last Christmas and New Year’s. Are they the same as those you face right now? Probably not. After all, a lot can happen in a year.
Living in a shifting world of constant change is grueling, perplexing, and at times exhausting. We feel like the man trying to balance on a spinning log: no rest and constant, frenetic activity just to stay on top. Not a very encouraging picture, is it? Small wonder that from our seat here on the front row of Planet Earth any one of us might come to the conclusion that “nothing is or ever has been permanent.” But there is one exception to that dismal view of the world.
“For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed” (Malachi 3:6). Theologian Herman Bavinck writes about the unchangeableness of God: “[This] is why, in Scripture, God is so often called the Rock. We humans can rely entirely on him. He does not change in his being, knowing, or willing. He eternally remains who he is.”
Christian, we live in a world of constant change but we are upheld by an unchanging God. Circumstances may change – no, will change – but the Lord God Almighty will never alter, will never waver, will always remain the same. What he is for us, he always will be. His goodness, power, wisdom, and love are not touched by a shadow of change. And therefore, praise be to God, we have an everlasting Rock in whom we can take refuge!
Deuteronomy 33:27: The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Isaiah 26:4: Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.
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