Unchangeable

My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food. But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back? What he desires, that he does.
Job 23:11–13
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Unchangeable
We live in a world which is constantly in flux. It is changing every day.  Whether it is new technologies or reenvisioned ideas of the past, nothing seems to be safe from the ever-approaching wave of change.  No doubt in many ways this is a good thing.  Our views on race and equality are better today than they have been in the past. Political freedom has changed the relationship of citizen and state for the better in many places.  Yet for all the positive changes there is still much negative.  God is no longer respected in this country as He once was.  “Science” and “biology” have turned the ideas of gender and relationships on their heads.  Marriage has been denigrated by the changes in divorce law and in the redefining of the institution by the court system. Still, for all the change which exist there is still one constant, one in which Job acknowledges, God.  The immutable attribute of God gives comfort to those of faith.  For we know that God does not shift His thinking with the winds of society.  God does not change in order to be popular with the in crowd.  What He has said, His truth, remains today and forever.  The forgiveness of sin won on the cross does not change, the Holy Spirit given faith poured out for us in Baptism does not go away because God has a change of heart.  The comfort of His Word is constant.  Therefore, we know that He hears and answers our prayers, and that one day He will call us home to be with Him forever. His promise to be with us always until the end of the age (Matthew 28:20) gives comfort in times of trouble and suffering.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away
Change and decay in all around I see
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
(LSB 878)
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