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I Hate Change (at least I thot I did)

I was bemoaning myself today, loathing the thought of change, and how massively obtrusive it is.

I mean, think of it. In this world where men forget us, change their attitude toward us as their private interests dictate, and revise their opinion of us for whatever reasonable cause, “change” just becomes a bad word. A very bad word. And I find myself like Beth March declaring my hatred for it.

So I attempted to comfort myself in God’s immutability, thinking of the passage in Malachi 3:6

I am the LORD, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O Deborah.

God’s Immutability

God cannot change for the better, since He is perfect holy.

Neither can God change for the worse.

Nothing that God has ever said about Himself will be modified.

  • In God no change is possible;
  • in men change is impossible to escape.

Man’s War Against Mutation

In a world of change and decay not even the person of faith can be completely happy. Instinctively, we seek the unchanging and are grieved at the passing or changing of that dear familiar person or thing.

O Lord! My heart is sick,
Sick of this everlasting change.

And so on it went, this meditation on my disgust for change.

Change is Good

But then I believe God brought to my mind something I read from A.W.Tozer 20 years ago. There is good reason to thank God for change.

For as much as we may deplore the lack of stability in all earthly things, the ability to change in a fallen world such as we live in is a gold treasure, a gift from God.

The whole possibility of redemption lies in our ability to change. To move across from one sort of person to another is the essence of repentance;

  • the liar becomes truthful,
  • the thief honest
  • the immoral pure
  • the proud humble

Our thoughts, desires and affections can be transformed. It is as if change works for God’s children, not against them.

But we all with open face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord!

God Cannot Change, But He Uses Change in Our Lives

In the working out of His redemptive processes the unchanging God makes full use of change and through a succession of changes arrives at permanence at last.  What a glorious day that shall be!

God working changes in us

God working changes in us

God uses change as a lowly servant to bless His children.

What a source of wondrous strength to know that the God with whom we have to do changes not! His attitude toward us now shall not be altered by our poor choices or sin. God never changes moods or cools off in His affections or loses enthusiasm over us.

It is because of His unchanging, uncooling, always enthusiastic love for us, that He uses changes in our lives to change us from glory to glory!

Just like He changed my groaning about change, into resting and leaning on His unchangeableness!