Everything is constantly changing. You can simply look at the seasons: winter, fall, spring, and summer. Even in countries where seasons are not experienced as distinctly, there is change. You might wake up to sunshine, but minutes later it begins to rain. You can even think about it scientifically, in how entropy states that everything that exists is “in gradual decline to disorder.” Our physical environment is not the only thing changing—we ourselves are dynamic. You and I are not the same as five years ago, and our relationships probably look a lot different too. Both the positive, life-changing experiences and heartbreaking moments we have experienced even in just the last year, have shaped and developed the way we see the world and the people in it down to our core. Even society’s expectations displayed through social media are updating every five seconds. There is always something new and the moment you are finally getting used to it, boom… it changes.
So how do we find stability in such a changing world? How can we find rest and make sense of things if the world’s expectations are so unsteady?
You might be already thinking of the answer: God.
God is constant.
After I moved countries about two years ago, I was excited because everything around me was new—but there was also a bit of fear. What do I hold on to if everything seems so unknown? It was in this moment when the Lord taught me that He is constant in two ways.
**All scripture references come from the ESV translation, except those who say otherwise.**
1. He is constant because he is always with us.
All throughout scripture we can see God’s promise to different people to be with them wherever they go. The beautiful thing is that these words are usually not alone, but most of the time are accompanied by ”do not fear.” These are a few examples:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God who goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (bold added).
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (bold added).
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (bold added).
Since God is constantly with us, we can walk without fear. The key here is that we need to choose to trust him. Even if your past condemns you, your present seems too overwhelming, or your future seems very uncertain, you can know that God is a good Father that takes care of you. His very presence is the source of the “peace that overcomes all understanding,” according to Philippians 4:7. His very words bring deep-rooted joy—“The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart” Psalm 19:8:a.
His faithfulness endures forever, and as 2 Timothy 2:13 says, “even if we are faithless, he is faithful—for he cannot deny himself.”
2. He is constant because he will never change.
Not only is God always with us, but he is also never changing. His character remains the same.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8
“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” Numbers 23:19
God’s character is unchaining, so he is always trustworthy in all things. Think for a second of the person who you trust the most, or someone you have trusted in the past. Did they fail you at some point? The answer is probably yes… But if not, they will fail at some point. I am not trying to be pessimistic, but it is the reality of things. Our human heart is “deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”Jeremiah 17:9. The good news is: GOD REMAINS FAITHFUL! Since He remains faithful, we can trust in his promise that He will always be there with us.
Understanding these two ways in which he remains constant has been life-changing for me. As I mentioned earlier, the world is constantly changing—so how can we hold onto something steady? The only answer is Christ! He is the one that will always be with us and will never change. He is the one whom we can trust with the assurance that He will never fail. This does not mean that things are always going to end up how we would like them to, but it does mean that we can find comfort, peace, and joy in the fact that we have a good God who takes care of us.
My prayer for us is Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you [us] with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (NIV).