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Thought for the Day – 059

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Preached during the morning service on 19 May 2020 by .

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DAY 59

Malachi 3:6 — ‘I am the LORD, I do not change.’
Recommended reading: Hebrews 1

The Unchanging God.

The theological term is ‘Immutability’. It means that God is not susceptible to
change; He is always the same.
It is this attribute that makes Him so different from those whom He has created.
As we look around the world this morning we are surrounded by turbulence and
change; but despite this, God does not change His character or His conduct.
Hebrews 1:11 reminds us that though the heavens and the earth as we know
them will perish, the Lord will remain. Though they will be changed, He will
remain the same (v.12).
We can also be confident that His power will not diminish, nor will his glory fade.
He will remain the same for ever.
His wisdom shall not change; His Word will never pass away; His love is
everlasting; His knowledge will never be surpassed.
Ephesians 1:11 says he ‘works all things according to the counsel of His will.’ He
doesn’t add anything, neither will He amend anything.
Isaiah 46:11 says, ‘ I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it;
I will also do it.’
He purposed the creation of the world; it came into being. He purposed the
sending of His Son; from heaven He came. He purposed the salvation of His
people; He is doing it. He purposed judgement; it will come.
Isaiah 14:24 says, ‘The Lord of hosts has sworn saying, ’’Surely, as I have thought,
so it shall come to pass, and as I have purposed, so it shall stand.” ’
In Job (23:13) it also says, ‘But He is unique, and who can make Him change? And
whatever His soul desires, that He does.’
From the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation, God has a plan and
purpose, and He will not be blown off course. He knows where He is going and
the route to get there and both are under His powerful control.
God is so different from the world’s leaders who so often haven’t the faintest
clue where they are going or how to get there. They need the wisdom of the
Almighty One, but sadly they are too proud to seek it.
We are so unstable, changeable and unreliable.
Throughout my life I have witnessed much change in many areas of our national
life, and not all for good. Yes, there have been changes in education; changes in
the environment and changes in politics, to name a few. But what concerns me
most of all is that I have witnessed changes in behaviour, morals and standards.
However, I thank God this morning that His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ has not
changed: He is ‘the same yesterday, today and forever’ (Hebrews 13:8). In this
I rejoice!
The hymn writer, Henry Lyte was spot on when he penned these words: ‘Change
and decay in all around I see; but Thou who changest not, abide with me.’
Isaiah 54:10 says, ‘My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant
of peace be removed.’ What a comfort and blessing that is to all believers!
So as we journey through this day, and every day, let us be thankful that His
Word, His power, His love and His truth are unchanging, because He is forever
the same.

How good is the God we adore!
our faithful unchangeable friend:
his love is as great as his power
and knows neither measure nor end.

For Christ is the First and the Last;
his Spirit shall guide us safe home:
we’ll praise him for all that is past
and trust him for all that’s to come.

Joseph Hart, 1712-68
CCLI – 1050955

Pastor: Kristian Dimond 01432 830002 07810 442523 pastor@wellingtonec.org.uk
Elders: John Roberts 01432 830100 john@dayone.co.uk
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Wellington Evangelical Chapel, Wellington, Hereford HR4 8AX www.wellingtonec.org.uk Reg Charity No 233810