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DEVOTION // O Thou who changest not

DEVOTION // O Thou who changest not

People who lived in the late 1950s heard statements like these.

  • "I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, its going to be impossible to buy a weeks groceries for $20.00." 
  • "Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?" 
  • "If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store." 
  • "It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work." 
  • "I'm just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business." 
  • "No one can afford to be sick any more. $35.00 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood." 

Huge changes

The world has seen huge changes in the last six decades. More changes – and faster changes – than at any other time in the world’s history.

Adjusting to change is hard for most people. We are comfortable with our lives remaining the same. That’s because the past has taught us the rules for negotiating life in the present. When those “rules” change, we  feel confused, disoriented, and frightened.

Our God is changeless

But no matter how much life around us changes, the One who is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8) never changes. God’s commitment to us never wavers. His love for us eternally burns bright. His willingness to forgive never diminishes.

His Word promises,

  • God, who is enthroned from of old, ...does not change (Psalm 55:19).
  • I the Lord do not change (Malachi 3:6).
  • You remain the same, [O Lord,] and your years will never end (Hebrews 1:12).

Our Father’s unchanging nature assure that, no matter what how great the changes are, we can sing with confidence, “Change and decay in all around I see; O Thou who changest not, abide with me” [Abide with Me, verse 2].