“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6)
Cabinet doors were slamming; angry looks were given; Dan was snapping commands to everyone, and now his entire family was in a bad mood. All of them were wondering what they had done to cause Dan to be so rude. What happened? Normally Dan was a nice kid, always helping his family and never saying unkind words. But today it seemed like no one could do anything right, and he acted as though everything and everyone was against him. Did someone say something mean to him? Did he have a bad day at school? Why was he so upset and mad?
Sometimes we let people and events affect our moods and attitudes. If we are sick, if someone is mean to us, if we have lost a soccer game, or if we perform badly in a recital, we let it show through our attitudes and actions. For example, when someone is not feeling well, he might be tempted to “take it out on” everyone around him. Many people are affected by the moods, attitudes, and actions of one.
Have you ever noticed that your moods affects others? Whether you are in a bad mood or a good mood, people around you are affected. If you walk into a room, smile, and greet a person with a pleasant hello, he will probably smile and respond with an equal amount of cheerfulness. But if you come in and scowl at a person, you will probably cause him to frown and look away to avoid your glance. When you are in a bad mood, You might allow your attitude, actions, or even the tone of your voice to change. You let the way you feel cause you to treat others badly.
We are all human, and our moods change. Some people are even more like that than others; we call them “moody” because their moods swing back and forth all the time. But do you know Who never changes? God! God never changes – He is always the same. It doesn’t matter what is going on in the world or what you do – God still loves and cares for His children. Aren’t you glad that God doesn’t change His mind about loving you when you do something wrong?
Let’s list some ways that God does not change:
God’s love is unchanging. (See 1 John 4:9)
God always cares for us. (See 1 Peter 5:7)
God always forgives. (See 1 John 1:9)
God is always just and fair. (See Revelation 16:9.)
God is always patient. (2 Peter 3:9.)
God is always present. (Hebrews 13:5.)
God is all-knowing – nothing takes Him by surprise. (See Psalm 139.)
God never changes. He is always loving, caring, forgiving, just, patient, present, and all-knowing.
» How should knowing that God never changes make me feel?
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» I should praise the Lord that He does not change His mind about me.