PSALM 102:25-28: Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end. The children of your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.”
Are you a moody person? Do you ever find yourself with emotional highs and lows? What about going from encouragement to discouragement for seemingly no reason and that fairly quickly? Yes. I know. Yes, probably a few, or maybe a lot of us, are wanting to ask, “Jim, are you human?” And that would be a good question. One of the results of sin entering humanity through the fall in the Garden of Eden was the impact on our emotions. Total depravity occurred. That doesn’t mean we act out as bad as we could, but it does mean not a part of our human make-up was untouched including our emotions. There is nothing pure about an unsaved human being. All our being is tainted by sin to include our emotions which means we do get moody, we do have emotional highs and lows, we do seem to go from the mountaintop of joy to the valley of discouragement quickly.
So, how do we handle our ever-changing emotions? What comforting truth of our God will stabilize our lives, bring consistency in our joy, and allow us to control our emotions, not be controlled by our emotions? Many attributes of our Lord do this work in our lives, but let’s focus on the one revealed in today’s scripture. It is the one that so distinguishes God from us; His immutability or His unchanging nature–“But You are the same, and Your years have no end.” And consider three ways God is unchanging which always leads to the encouragement of His people.
First, God is unchanging in His love for us – I have loved you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah31:3). Rejoice, struggling Christian. God does not love us less when we fail Him or love us more when we please Him. His unchanging love remains unchanged regardless of our changing conduct.
Next, God is unchanging in His promises to us. Jesus proclaims, “Your sins are forgiven” (Luke 7:48). The promises of God are not only true but certain. They don’t change. What God promises, God fulfills and that is where we anchor our hopes and joy. Promises. Unchanging promises of God.
Finally, God is unchanging in His purpose for us and what is that? Conformity to the image of His Son – For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers (Romans 8:29). What God starts, God finishes. His work is unchanging and will not go unfinished. Pondering this truth will enable us to endure and prosper through the many trials and situations in life which want to make us unstable and emotional wrecks! The immutability of God. His unchanging nature. Our place of stability in an unstable world and the place to steady our changing emotions.
PRAYER: “Father, I praise You for Your unchanging character which comforts me in my many changing emotions.”
QUOTE: “God changes not. He loved us yesterday .He will today and tomorrow despite our times of doubt.”