Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine. 23rd June 2021
In writing to someone considering a new senior education role I recently wrote, “Ongoing change is one of the few work related certainties.” I took some time writing this because I did not want to say everything changes. This did not seem right theologically. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
God in his love has promised much to His people over time. Will he change his mind? Does He? “I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.” (Malachi 3:6)
I excitedly anticipate some change. As I write, Microsoft Windows 11 is about to be released and Apple MacOS 12 is about to update Big Sur. As someone living with more limited capacity having lost so many opportunities, I’m finding myself in a completely new world with very real anxiety. As I look back at the context I used to enjoy, this too has radically changed. Change is not always easy or good.
My faith foundation is now more important than ever. I need something consistent and secure to build on? Should people change? Is it OK to change your mind? God doesn’t. “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind.” (1 Samuel 15:29) This was a message given to Saul who (v24) had given into people and violated the Lord.
People change and waver constantly. Saul had focussed on people for his place in the world. I had done the same when things were going well for me. My “grown up” worldly wisdom was flawed. “And he said: I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)
I know that my Father God loves me exceptionally. Trusting in him for all things does not always feel intuitive. Repeated study of scripture highlights that the change needs to be applied at my end of the relationship. I must trust that, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)