Does Everything Change?

W. Terry Varner
November 13, 2016

Did you ever go through a file of old papers and notes you have collected, and after looking at them, you changed you mind about saving them? Through the years of my ministry I kept copjes of pictorial church directories. They are fun to thumb through and weigh the various memories that come to mind. We see some folks we had not remembered until we thumbed through the directory. Others brought to mind various events and memories made during those years together. Some have passed on to the eternal reward. Others had changed in various ways. Hair had greyed or fallen out. Clothing styles have changed. Babies and children are now adults and have homes of their own. When pictures are checked against present reality, they reveal that indeed change has come to all.

Time has a way in changing people and things. Time changes everyone. Our society shows that change is normal in both people and things. Consider:

Society’s Sin-Cursed World. It is not difficult to observe the world around us and see that it is sin-cursed. Sin brings many changes. These changes are bad and not good. For example: 1) Who would have guessed that divorce would have ripped apart so many families? I have never known anyone on the day they married entered marriage planning to divorce. 2) Who would have guessed that so many would have become addictive to drugs, commit crimes, and serve time in prison? 3) Who would have guessed that the intimacy of marriage would be engaged in by the unmarried which results in so many pregnancies? 4) Who would have thought the time would come when we would have to lock our homes to prevent robberies and murders? 5) Who would have guessed our political rulers would have mandated same-sex marriage thereby countermanding God’s pattern of marriage, one man and one woman? 6) Who would have guessed that our restrooms are now open to both male and female by virtue of our rulers mandating transgender “rights”?

Nature Changes. One does not have to keenly observe nature to know that nature changes. These changes arte either from natural causes such as earthquakes, floods, age, etc., or by human causes such as construction, landscaping, etc. The Bible predicts that nature will normally change on its own. Psalm 102:25-27 contrasts the deterioration and changing of nature with God’s unchanging nature. David says that things in nature “will perish . . . wear out . . . change . . . be discarded”; however, God “will endure . . . You are the same, and Your years will have no end.” Nature changes, but God’s nature does not change! We are reminded, “For I am the Lord, I do not change” (Mai. 3:6a).

God Does Not Change. When the prophet states: “For I am the Lord, I do not change” (Mai. 3:6a), the background helps us understand the text. Israel sinned almost perpetually against God. The book of Malachi affirms that “God has loved and still does love Israel, in spite of Israel’s sins” (Warren 411) and desires that she repent. Both God and His requirements for dealing with sin are unchanging. Man changes in his relationship with God, but God’s love for man and His condemnation of sin is unchanging. God always requires man to obey His will.

While the sin-cursed world is in constant change, man changes, and nature changes, but our great God in heaven does not change. This gives stability to our faith and hope that we have in Jesus. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8). As children of God let us make our faithfulness and commitment to Him one that is unchanging.