Let’s think about God’s love, God’s Word and God’s Son.
* God’s love is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable.
We read in the Bible about God’s love. Is this just something from the ancient past? Is it for us? The Bible speaks to us from the ancient past, but it’s not to be left in the ancient past. “God so loved the world” (John 3:16): This is for us today. He loved the world then. He loves the world now. His love is unchanged.
Sometimes, we start off well. We’re reading the Bible. We’re learning about God’s love. Then something unexpected happens, and we start wondering, “Does God still love me?” Where does that thought come from? Does it come from the Spirit of God? No, it comes from our enemy, Satan. He sows seeds of doubt in our mind. He says, “Do you really think that God loves you?” He contradicts God’s Word, and leaves us very confused (Genesis 3:1-5). When Satan comes to us with his lies, we must remember this: God never stops loving us. We may stop loving Him, but He will never stop loving us. His love is unchanging.
How do we know that God’s love is unchanged and unchanging? The Bible answers this question in three short words: “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Times change. Unexpected things happen to us. We change: “I’m not the person that I used to be.” God never changes. “God is love”: His love is unchangeable.
* God’s Word is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable.
Some people say, “Surely, you don’t believe the Bible.” They say that the Bible belongs to the past. It’s not for us today. This kind of talk takes us right back to the Garden of Eden: “Did God really say?” (Genesis 3:1). The Bible says that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God?” (2 Timothy 3:16). Who are we to say that the Bible needs to be rewritten , so that it only says what we want it to say to us? God hasn’t stopped speaking to us through His Word, but have we stopped listening to Him? In our cynical world, we hear that “It doesn’t matter what you believe because what you believe doesn’t matter.” When we find ourselves starting to think like this, let’s remember this: God’s Word is unchanged.
Sometimes, we look back over our life, and we think, “I used to love reading the Bible, but somewhere along the line, something’s changed.” What’s changed? Has God’s Word changed? No! It hasn’t changed. When our feelings change, let’s not forget this: God’s Word is unchanging.
In today’s world, there are many temptations. We are tempted to turn back from following Jesus. We forget that His words are “the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). Temptation is nothing new. Jesus was tempted. When He was tempted, He said, “It is written” (Matthew 4:4). God doesn’t say one thing – and then “change His mind” (Numbers 23:19). He speaks His Word, and He stands by it. His Word is not “maybe Yes, maybe No.” It’s always “Yes”: “Yes, I love you. Yes, I will keep on loving you. Yes, I will love you forever” (2 Corinthians 1:18-20). God’s Word is unchangeable.
* God’s Son is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable.
Some people think of Jesus as a great teacher of morality. Is that all that we can say about Him? Those who “believe” in Him say something else about Him: He’s “the Son of God” and “the Saviour of the world” (Luke 1:35; John 4:42). The critics say, “You can’t say that!” We give this answer: Jesus said it! He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). He said it then. He’s still saying it now. Thank God: He’s given us more than a great teacher. He’s given us His Son, our Saviour. God’s Son is unchanged. He’s still our Saviour: “He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him” (Hebrews 7:25).
We sing of God’s “amazing grace”: “How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.” Sometimes, we lose our way, and we wonder, “Where is the blessedness I knew when first I saw the Lord?” Sometimes, Jesus doesn’t seem to be so precious. Sometimes, we don’t feel so blessed. What’s the problem? We’re the problem. We’ve taken our eyes off Jesus. We’ve forgotten how great our Saviour is. God’s Son, our Saviour, is unchanging – When you’re going through a hard time, remember this: “He didn’t bring us this far to leave us. He didn’t teach us to swim to let us drown. He didn’t build His home in us to move away. He didn’t lift us up to let us down.”
Sometimes, we find it difficult to rejoice in the Lord. Let’s remember that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), and we will find it so much easier to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4). God’s Son is unchangeable – This is where true and lasting joy comes from: “Now I belong to Jesus, Jesus belongs to me, not for the years of time alone but for eternity. Joy floods my soul for Jesus has saved me.”
May God help each of us to trust in His love, His Word and His Son.