Morning, November 2, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“For I, the Lord, do not change.” — Malachi 3:6
It is well for us that, amidst all the unpredictability of life, there is One whom change cannot affect; One whose heart can never alter, and on whose brow changeability can make no furrows. All things otherwise have changed–all things are changing. The sun itself grows dim with age; the world is becoming old; the folding up of this worn-out covering has commenced; the heavens and earth must soon pass away; they shall perish, they shall turn old as a garment does; but there is only One who has immortality, of whose years there is no end, and in whose person there is no change. The delight which the mariner feels, when, after having been tossed about for many days he finally steps again upon the solid shore, is the satisfaction of a Christian when, amidst all the changes of this troubled life, he rests the foot of his faith upon this truth–“I am the Lord, I do not change.”
The stability which the anchor gives the ship when it has at last obtained a hold among the rocks, is like that which the Christian’s hope affords him when it fixes itself upon this glorious truth: With God “is no variation or shifting shadow.” Whatever his attributes were of old, they are now; his power, his wisdom, his justice, his truth, are alike unchanged. He has forever been the refuge of his people, their stronghold in the day of trouble, and he is their sure Helper still. He is unchanged in his love. He has loved his people with “an everlasting love;” he loves them now as much as ever he did, and when all earthly things shall have melted in the last inferno, his love will still wear the dew of its youth. Precious is the assurance that he changes not! The wheel of foreseeing care revolves, but its axle is eternal love.
“Death and change are busy ever,
Man decays, and ages move;
But his mercy waneth never;
God is wisdom, God is love.”