Truly, we live in a world of constant and rapid change. Every 24-hour cycle we hear “breaking news” stories designed to help us stay informed. And the advent of social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is speeding up the process.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to have a positive view of changes that conform to my interests and values. However, I’m disheartened by changes that contradict those great truths that have made our nation great—biblical values. But whether positive or negative, change often causes stress, doubts, and anxiety in our lives.
Thankfully, God alone is immutable—that is, His nature and character are perfect! There is no need for God to change. For that reason the prophet Malachi could tell a rebellious Israel, “Because I, Yahweh, have not changed, you descendants of Jacob have not been destroyed” (Malachi 3:6). Many years later, the author of Hebrews wrote, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
Ancient pagans saw their gods as being unpredictable, arbitrary, scheming, and deceitful. And even in our culture today, more and more people are questioning the existence of God. Others—even so-called Christians—have doubts about the reliability of the Bible. Among those who truly believe in God, many understand little about who He really is. This kind of confusion and uncertainty inevitably leads to feelings of insecurity.
Here’s the good news! When we understand the immutable nature of God, we can put our complete trust in Him regardless of our circumstances. We can be assured He will eventually deliver us into our eternal home to be with Him forever. And in our life here, if we know Jesus Christ personally, we know that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
If you’re struggling with doubts about the future, I’d like to suggest that you read my commentary on Principle 15 in 1 John in my Life Essentials Study Bible: “When tempted to doubt our salvation experience, we should review the promises God has given us in His Word.”