“I the Lord change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6

What an anchor for a storm tossed sea! Change is our portion here! Scenes are altering. Joys are fading. Friends- some of them are removed at a distance; others have gone to their ‘long home’. Who, amid these checkered experiences, does not sigh for something permanent, stable, enduring? The vessel has again and again slipped its earthly moorings. We long for some secure and sheltered harbor. “I change not!” Heart and flesh may faint; yes, do faint and fail but there is an unfainting, unfailing, unvarying God. All the changes in the world around cannot affect Him. Our own fitfulness cannot alter Him. When we are depressed, downcast, fluctuating, our treacherous hearts turning aside “like a broken bow,” He is without one “shadow of turning.” “God who cannot lie,” is the superscription on His eternal throne; and inscribed on all His dealings. “I change not!” Precious name! It forms a blessed guarantee that nothing can befall me but what is for my good. I cannot doubt His faithfulness. I dare not arraign the rectitude of His dispensations. It is covenant love which is now darkening my earthly horizon. This hour He is the same as when He “spared not His own Son!” Oh, instead of wondering at my trials, let me rather wonder that He has borne with me so long. It is of the Lord’s unchanging mercies that I am not consumed. Had He been man, changeful, vacillating, as myself, long before now would He have spurned me away, and consigned me to the doom of the cumberer. But, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord.” He is without any variableness.

excerpt from The Rainbow in the Clouds by John MacDuff


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