How often do you find yourself changing your mind on a certain opinion, idea or even decision? Our hearts as humans are sometimes weak and failing, but He is strong, and He does not change. He is the same God that parted the sea, shut the lion’s mouth and turned a murderer into one of the greatest apostles of all times. He is the same God who died on a cross to save you and I- meaning that above all, His love for His children never lessens or changes regardless of how often our love for Him fluctuates. He LOVES us to death.
Often, we tend to forget about the sovereignty and love of God or we become impatient with waiting on God to answer our prayers, so we take matters into our own hands. We try to bring what we think God wills for us into existence or rush into something that God would’ve never wanted for us. Some days we may completely forsake Him or replace Him with other things. Little do we know that this will just bring hurt into our lives.
But when we can truly grasp onto the truth that God is sovereign, we can understand the fact that – what God has for me will be mine; regardless of what it is, it shall be for my own good and for the best. When we hold on to the truth that ‘I am the Lord and I change not’, we can look back at all the good He has done in the lives of His children in scripture and remember that He can do the same for us today.
In the book of Judges, we see a pattern in the life of the Israelites, where they constantly did evil in the eyes of the Lord and replaced Him with other gods. God then delivers them into the hands of the enemy (Hebrews 12:6). When they cried out to Him, he heard them and responds to them by reminding them of all the good He had previously done in their lives. As soon as they repented, the scriptures tell us that ‘He could bear Israel’s misery no longer’ (Judges 10:16).
How gracious and loving is our Lord in that, even when we turn away from Him, He does not take pleasure in our misery through chastisement. I’m sure a parent does not find happiness in disciplining their child when they do something wrong. Regardless, out of love for their child, they will discipline them for the child to learn. As soon as the child recognises their wrong, the parent will not cast them away or disown them – but accept their apology and embrace them.
Just like the Israelites, we can find ourselves replacing God with idols – such as hobbies, work, studies and even people. Whatever it may be, when we give these things a massive place in our hearts to the point where we are replacing God with them – they become idols. The truth is, these idols will never bring satisfaction or true contentment (Ecclesiastes 5:10). What’s worse, is that when we allow other things to take over our hearts, we tell God that His love for us is not good enough. He loves us so perfectly and desires our love in return.
I am forever grateful that I can hold on to the truth that ‘I am the Lord, I change not’ – but remind myself that I should never take advantage of this truth, because another truth is that God is Holy, and He will discipline His children when they disobey Him or do wrong, just as He did with the Israelites. Dear reader, ‘take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart’ (Psalm 37:4). Do not forget His love for you and His goodness towards you. Trust that, if something is truly good for you – He will give it to you. ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows’ (James 1:17).