"I the LORD do not change.” (Malachi 3:6) About two weeks ago, I began sensing from the Lord that for myself as well as for my family, 2010 is to be a Year of CHANGE! For some, CHANGE can be a fearful thing to embrace while for others, CHANGE can be a welcome blessing. I welcome this God-led CHANGE that I am sensing which will entail several areas of my life and our family’s life. Some of these CHANGES are universal – spending MORE time with the Lord in His Word and in prayer; eating healthier and taking better care of this earthly tent the Lord has given me even though it bears the scars of many health thorns which I daily carry (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). Other CHANGES are specific to my life journey of where I am in my walk with Him (1 John 2:6) and where the Lord desires me to be with Him (Jeremiah 29:11). Yet amidst this theme of CHANGE for my life in the upcoming 2010, one thing will not CHANGE: The Lord Himself! The Psalmist penned, “You (God) never CHANGE (‘You are always the same’ NLT)…” (Psalms 102:27, NCV) James 1:17 declares that God “does not CHANGE like shifting shadows.” You see, when it comes to CHANGE, that involves only us, not our God! Hebrews 13:8 records that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” This aspect of His holy nature is the very source for why He is known as our ROCK - “You are my Father, my God, the ROCK my Savior.” (Psalms 89:26) As a child of God (a genuine follower/believer), we each can cry out to our Creator, “My God is my ROCK, in whom I find protection.” (2 Samuel 22:3a, NLT) There is true comfort/peace in knowing that God does not CHANGE – what He said in the Old Testament is the same as what He speaks today –“ I have loved you, My people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to Myself.” (Jeremiah 31:3, NLT) His love for us never has and never will CHANGE - what a powerful word of HOPE for each of us as we enter the new year of 2010. Let ‘the Rock’ CHANGE you this coming year to be more like Him just as He promises to in 2 Corinthians 3:18 – “The Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are CHANGED into His glorious image.” (NLT) So in 2010, seek out God-led CHANGES in the Lord – welcome them along life’s journey in His gift of the new year. Embrace the Christ-led CHANGES that He leads you to undertake – for they will bring Him glory and CHANGE you to be more like Him! What a wonderful God that we serve! …Selah!
May we all have a Blessed Journey of Faith in the New Year!
Today's CCM video can be viewed upon clicking the title of the song, "Unchanging" by Chris Tomlin