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May 29, 2023

Scripture Reading: Malachi 3:6

The prophet Malachi, as all prophets did, confronted the people of Israel with their sins.  God speaks in Malachi 3, warning the Israelites of a great coming judgment.  In mercy, however, God reminds them of why He had not destroyed them completely.  In a surprising statement, God reminds the Jews of His unchanging nature. 

"For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed" (Mal 3:6).  The LORD stayed true to His merciful covenant with Abraham.  His mercy had not changed.

The fact that God is unchanging (the word theologians use is the 'immutability' of God) answers to the longing of the human heart for something permanent. 

God's life and character do not change.  In terms of existence, God has always been and He always will be.  There was never a time when He did not exist.  He is the eternal 'I AM', who is and who was and who is to come. 

God's truth does not change.  What God says is always true.  His promises are always true, His warnings are always true, His predictions are always true, His commands are always true. 

God's purposes do not change.  What God does in time, He has planned from eternity, and all He has planned in eternity, He carries out in time.  He has an eternal plan and it does not change from day to day.  

The application of this great truth in our lives is that it produces a profound security.  To know that God's purposes are fixed, and that as His children we are part of His grand plan, make our lives secure.