God never changes
June 29, 2009
by Rev. Bill Hillyer, Saving Grace Lutheran Church, Delano

Another birthday passed me by last week. They seem to come faster with each passing year. In fact, it seems as if everything is going faster than ever – especially change.

As I was contemplating this strange quirk of universal law, I was amazed to realize how many other things had changed since my last birthday; a new president, a stock market crash, the completion of part one on the Highway 12 construction, the housing collapse, soaring unemployment rates – the list can go and on. To be sure, there were some good changes that happened, but I would not consider most of the changes improvements.

With all the changes going on around us, we need something solid to hold on to more than ever before. Even for those who believe in Christ, it seems, at times, as if the changes are too much for our own faith to withstand. Thankfully, we can cling to the Word of God, knowing that the promises of God will never change.

“I am the Lord, I change not.” (Malachi 3:6). “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8). “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8).

God’s unchanging Word makes it clear that we can rest assured no matter what type of changes take place in our country or world, God is still the same. He still loves us.

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5).

We can be confident that even in the midst of ever-increasing change, one thing will never change – and that is God’s love and concern for us. God’s Word and teachings will never change, no matter what happens in the world around us.

There is an old hymn that teaches us this so well:

“My hope is built on nothing less

“Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

“No merit of my own I claim

“But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

“On Christ, the solid rock I stand;

“All other ground is sinking sand.”

When change swirls all around, we need only turn to the Word of God for comfort and hope.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2).

There is no need to worry about changing times, for Jesus has done everything necessary to keep us safe in this temporary world – and in the eternal world to come. Birthdays may come and go, but the one thing necessary will never change!