The Only Unchanging Relationship
“I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6
“The only thing that is constant is change.”
Have you heard this old saying before? It appears to be true in many ways. Our world is constantly in motion and everything changes day-to-day. Perhaps the most frightening to us is the inevitable change in relationships with those we love. As fallen humans, we tend to look for permanence in things that are ever-changing, including our human relationships. When we do, we are disappointed. Old friends betray us, our best friend moves away, a loved one dies, children leave the nest. Even marriage will cease to exist when we get to heaven. Despite all of the change, there is in fact one relationship that remains constant: our relationship to our Heavenly Father.
As Christians, we serve an unchanging God. Though we continually sin against Him, He remains faithful to us. He keeps His promises, and His love never falters. This is simply because of who He is. Because our God is immutable, He cannot change, and His character cannot mutate. The Lord’s immutability is good news to those who put their trust in Christ. He cannot fail to keep his covenant with His people. As adopted children of God, we cannot lose our status. Jesus’s final words on the cross will forever ring true: “It is finished.”
This truth should stir us up to build our house upon the only solid rock: Christ. We should be motivated to prioritize our relationship with God, seeking to know Him more and more. Most of all, this truth should cause us to rest. Rest in your unchanging God so that, like the Psalmist, you can say, “…We will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea…the LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Psalm 46:2-3,7).
Heavenly Father, I praise You for being the same yesterday, today, and forever. Because You are the Alpha and the Omega, I rejoice. I confess I often try to assign Your immutability to earthly relationships, though they continually fail to meet my needs. I seek to find fulfillment in earthly relationships when it can only be found in You. Please forgive me and bind my heart up in You alone, that I may experience true rest, lasting joy, and peace. In Christ’s name, Amen.
Memorize Hebrews 13:8.
Chelsey Meissner is obsessed with seeing and savoring Jesus. She is a lover of books, coffee, cats, running, and all things vintage. Chelsey is excited to travel the the world with her husband, Eric, who is a Marine Officer.