The Unchanging God Who Loves Us
by Marlin Caddell
December 9, 2015
Psalm 102:25-28: Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. 26 They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end. The children of your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.
Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
The world offers us so many things to put our trust in — our money, our possessions, our careers, our social status, etc., etc., etc. Even the good things in our lives like our families, our spouses and our children compete for our heart’s affection.
The one problem with all those things, and they aren’t bad things in of themselves, is that they will never ultimately satisfy. They will let us down if we put our ultimate trust in them. Money goes away. Jobs disappear. Possessions can be gone as quickly as they came in. Families disappoint us.
In the middle of all the things competing for our trust, the message of the Bible cries out to us over and over again: Put your trust in the One who cannot fail. Put your trust in the One who does not change (James 1:17). Put your trust in the One who remains faithful, even when we are faithless (2 Timothy 2:13).
As troubles, trials and tribulations come, we can stand on the Rock of Christ— the One who promised He would never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6,8, Hebrews 13:5-6). He cannot be moved. He is our only firm foundation in the middle of storms.
But when we think of God as our solid rock, we should not think of Him as someone unfeeling and distant from us.
There’s a philosophy about God that makes it seem as though he spun the world into motion and then abandoned us to live our lives on our own. That is not the story of the Bible.
The Bible, with God as the main character, tells God’s grand redemption story to make his dwelling place with men. The culmination of all Scripture in Revelation 21 is:
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
As we’re celebrating the season of Advent, we can see God’s unchanging faithfulness on display. He kept His promise that He made all the way back in the Garden to send us a Savior. But he didn’t just save from afar. God Himself became a man and came down to save us from our sins (Philippians 2).
That kind of faithfulness and that kind of love should make our hearts sing!