Malachi 3:6, “I am the Lord, and I do not change…”
Benjamin Franklin said, “There are only two things certain in life; death and paying taxes.” I would like to add a third, change. In Malachi 3:6, God says that he does not change. However, from the moment we are born, we are changing. We are changing physically, emotionally, and cognitively. Change is inevitable. We are born and eventually go to preschool or kindergarten. Next, we go to a new school that we attend for five or six years, then some type of middle school, and eventually a high school and college. Along the way, we grow up, make new friends, lose friends, make different friends, meet different teachers and adults in our lives. These are natural progressions of life. What happens though, when the God of the universe, who doesn’t change, asks you to change, by doing something totally illogical, or purposes a change in your life without you knowing He is doing it?
In Genesis 12, God tells Abram to leave the comforts of his home in Haran and go to where God directed him to go, Abram did not exactly know where he was traveling, but his relationship with God allowed him to take God at His word and trust God that He would lead him. Along the way, Abram built altars for the Lord to praise Him and bring Him glory. So, what did Abram, or as he was known later, Abraham do? He immediately obeyed and trusted God, and gave him praise and kept God at the forefront of his thoughts. Has God placed something upon your heart that would bring total and complete chaos to your nice and comfortable life? Has God been knocking on the door of your heart because He has something so much greater than you can possibly imagine? There have been several times in my life where God has told me to do this or that. Guess what I told the creator of the universe? “Are you out of your mind? You want me to do what? Don’t you know that I am doing pretty well here?” 2 John 1:6 says, “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” After that verse is recalled, I usually have done what He has asked. And, as usual, God is right. If you fully believe in your salvation, the most important decision you can make, then you have to be willing to believe that God will not lead you astray. You have to believe that the things He is asking you to do is to bring glory to Himself, but also raise you and mature you to become the man or woman you were meant to be.
Acts 9 tells us of a man, Saul, going around and persecuting any Christian he could find. God desired to change that and in an awesome way. One day, Saul gets knocked down by a brilliant flash of light. Saul then proceeded to have a one-on-one conversation with the living Christ. Christ asked, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” Saul’s response was, “Ummmmm…” (paraphrased, of course). Jesus told Saul to go to Damascus, and he went with no hesitation. Meanwhile, in Damascus, another life was about to be quickly changed. A certain man named Ananias, who was a disciple of Christ, was called upon in a vision to go to a specific street address to restore sight to a blind man. Ananias inquired of the Lord asking who this man was. God said, “Saul of Tarsus.” Ananias had to be thinking like I was earlier, “What are you thinking, Lord” And scripture tells us this. Ananias said, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem.” But then what did he do, he went to the house where Saul was going to be. What happened? Saul was baptized, did a 180-degree turn, and ended up penning two-thirds of the New Testament.
So, does God change? No. In a relationship of two, that leaves only one other party to change: us. Obedience is the common theme that we can see when God asks us to change. Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come now, let’s settle this. Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” As this devotional comes to an end, I sit here and think of the times I obeyed, and I think if the times I haven’t. I beseech you, obey. Don’t fight the change that God is bringing about in your life; embrace it, get excited about it, love it.
Prayer Starter: Father, I give You all the glory, honor, and praise. I thank You that You seek me out. I thank You that You desire to see me changed into all that I can be. Help me not to fight, but to change willingly. In Jesus’ name, Amen.