Verse of the Day Devotion: Malachi 3:6
“For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.” – Malachi 3:6
One of the most comforting things for me regarding God is the fact that is stated in this focus verse: that being God does not change. He declared this to Israel (the sons of Jacob) because they had disobeyed Him, and He had not consumed or destroyed them. His plan for mankind was from before the beginning, and He was going to complete this plan. “All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.” Revelation 13:8. He knew those who would accept Him, and He also knew those who would not. And He was/is consistent in this plan. He will not change His mind. “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19.
Here are a couple of the many scriptures that speak of God as unchangeable. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 3:8. From eternity past through eternity future, God has not nor will He ever change. He shall never question anything that He has done. “But Samuel said to Saul, I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel. As Samuel turned to go, Saul seized the edge of his robe, and it tore. So Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to your neighbor, who is better than you. Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.” 1 Samuel 15:26-29. And finally, James puts it this way. “Every good thing given, and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17.
Because of His immutability we have confidence that everything spoken or written by God is still true and can be depended on. We can therefore trust everything we read in His word. Remember, in Genesis 3 where He declared the coming of the Messiah. “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” Genesis 3:15. And as stated above in Revelation 13:8, Jesus’ crucifixion for our sins was declared before the world was created.
Every prophetic declaration in the scriptures was or will be fulfilled as promised. We should have no doubts about this. And those of us who are true Christians should rejoice, because our future as told to us is a beautiful eternal existence in the presence of God. And also, every word in the Holy Scriptures are still to be adhered to because He is unchangeable. It is important that we spend time every day studying His Word and make what He has said the way we live. It can be easy sometimes to fall into errant beliefs, which is why it is important to spend time everyday in prayer and study of the scriptures. I have found it more than beneficial in my life.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.