God of all changes

“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” Malachi‬ ‭3:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

With all that is going on around us, it can be tempting to lean into the ideology that our God is changing in His nature, or that He has not yet caught up with our issues. With parents getting sick, grandparents looking “older”, children going off to college in another state, the mortgage costs going up another year, the paycheck looking short (yet again), the surprising bills that show up in the mailbox UNINVITED 😉, the extra weight that seemed to have pop up from nowhere, the lack of energy to think how to prepare chicken again…you catch my drift by now, many changes are taking place in our lives. Some for the good, some for the not so good.

There are times changes come on the heels of each other, at times, they are spaced out. Overall though, changes will come. My pastor told me during the early years of my son’s teenage journey that:

All living things grow 🌱

All growing things change 🌳

All changing things challenge 🚧

This wisdom helped me greatly to meander through the changes which came with him transitioning into teenage life. When my dad and I dropped my sister in college three years ago, we had to deal with the changes of her no longer being around, seeing her walk away at age 17 into a ‘grown-up’ world was difficult. Here was my baby girl (we’re 11 years apart) now transitioning into life on her own, in a state nearly 22 hours by car away. When we bought our first house, we had to deal with the changes that there was no longer a landlord to call to replace the toilet, or the washing machine, or the lawnmower – all within 2 months of home purchase. We had to depend on God to provide.

When mom was unemployed for 8 months (four months after home purchase), we had to look to God each week for provision of food and bill payment. When grandma had to deal with surgeries and biopsies and having a catheter in…we had do deal with those changes too. When my son, a normally confident boy began high school in a different city, we had to deal with the changes of him ‘not fitting’ in and being betrayed by those he had newly considered friends.

This almost sounds like a griping session, I assure you it’s not. I just want to jog your memory and cause you to consider all the changes you have gone through.

For some of you, it’s a health condition that doesn’t seem to be easing up or getting better.

For others, it’s the loss of a spouse through death or through divorce which I’m told feels similar to death.

Yet for others, it’s homelessness, having nowhere to really call home.

Life is tough!

Can I say that again, life is tough!

It is hard…it can even feel overwhelming, but oh my friend, inspite of the hardness and toughness, God is good.

He is unchanging. He is loving, and kind. He is altogether wonderful. We could go on and on about His many attributes but today, I want us to zero in on the unchangeableness of our God!

Rabbit Trail:

Consider this, our God, Yahweh – is Eternal. He lives on and on and on. Scripture says, He has no beginning and no ending. He told us in Revelation 22 verse 13, “I am the first and the last, I am Alpha and Omega.”

Before Yahweh, there was no God, should there be an ending of Yahweh, there will be no God. He seals the deal, folks.

He has seen it all, been in it all (before we even get there) and is surprised by nothing at all.

When I first learnt that God lives in eternity – that concept blew my mind. We were given time (and seasons) in order to measure and track things. Can you imagine not being able to do that, we would literally describe being in pain all eternity. But God’s gift to us of time, causes us to timetable events. So we can say, “she was in pain for just an hour.”

Regular Path

As I considered what it means for God to be unchanging, I asked Yahweh what it truly means that He does not change. His response to me that He is constant, He is dependable, He is reliable, He can be trusted to show up on time – every time. He does not give preferential treatment to His children because He is not a biased God. His unchanging nature means that all the promises He has made to us and continues to make to us, remain intact and are forever binding. He honors His Word even above His name (Psalm 138:2). Wow!

No circumstance we face can thwart or obstruct His promises. Nothing can alter His thoughts towards us, or make Him go against His nature.

Here’s a conclusion we can all take to the bank, even at midnight…

“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 (ESV)


Until next time remember, His Promises are our Guarantee…🙌🏽

PS: Thank you to all who prayed and are still praying for mom. She was discharged yesterday (Friday) and is on her way to physical recovery via a “baby diet.”

88 thoughts on “God of all changes

  1. I am praying for you and your Mom! I’m so sorry y’all are dealing with so much right now friend! I pray that God comes on the scene and takes care of all the details! Your post spoke to me. I just read a scripture in Acts today that said almost the and thing. Acts 27:25. “I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.”
    It was actually from the Streams in the Desert devotion for today. 🙏🏻

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    1. Awww, amen! Thank you, Renee! I believe that He will do just that, for us over here, and for your over there. Girl, you know that’s my devotional right there! 😚That verse you shared reminds me of Mary’s response to Gabriel, “Be unto me as you have said” or something like that!
      Lord, Renee and I are believing all that You have said concerning our lives. 🙏🏽

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      1. Yes girl! We will pray and believe! And for others here who are going through it, too…I had to get a new phone today… sighs…$$ And those unexpected medical bills keep rolling in..Hubby now has to have an mri done Monday for his neck. He’s still having trouble with his foot and back…and I won’t even get started on me lol. But “blessed” is she who believed it would be done to her as it was said! We will stand on those promises girl! Praising in advance!

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        1. Just wrote about you on Viv’s last post by the way.
          Wow…talk about unexpected expenses…you have been there no doubt! I’m sorry about the ongoing issue with hubby, Lord, we lift him to You even now. You are the Great Physician, the sympathizing Jesus. We come in agreement even now and ask that You would visit hubby and cause a miracle to be wrought in His life. We know Father that You are able, and at times, You want us to go through the process of affliction, but Lord, I’m asking that You would intervene this time and deliver speedily. Baffle the minds of the doctors. Baffle the mind of even hubby. Show up Jesus! Show up even now. We tell you thanks, amen.

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  2. This was refreshing to read Deandra. I could sense the Lord speaking through you to me and others. No matter what we must endure, He is with us through the changes and working things out on our behalf. We have to entrust everything, including ourselves and our loved ones, to His care. So thankful your mom is on the road to recovery! 💕🤗💕

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    1. Dawn, you certainly have a way with words. I’m humbled every time to rediscover I’m an instrument of our Daddy. It’s mind blowing and rewarding in and of itself. Yes, our Lord is with us during every change 🤗🙌🏽. Thank you for the consistency in your reaching out, showing compassion….and most of all, praying.

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  3. What a powerful post. God is speaking through you sis to all of us. There was so much wisdom and truth in this.
    He is unchanging and that is what we should remember.
    Glad your mom is back home. Continuing to keep her in prayer. May she heal completely and quickly and may the Lord provide you with what you all need.
    Blessings to you dear sis 😊❤️

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    1. Amen! Thank you for praying and for continuing to pray my sister from “down under” 😊😊🤗🤗. I appreciate the support – big time!
      Thank you for those kinds words. May He continue to be glorified in each of our lives – always ❤️❤️❤️🙏🏽

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  4. Dee Dee Dee, as I read this powerfully penned message from Abba, I could hear the Lord reminding me of something He’d uttered into my spirit a few years ago that’s truly been an amazing help and source or strength for me, while also keeping my perspective in check. While I was neck deep in what seemed like, felt like, and looked like UNINVITED-compounding trials, on the heels of each other, Abbba whispered to me saying, “son, this is as close to the cross as you can get…BIG GULP!

    He went on to teach me that the cross was symbolic of His never ending and never changing love for us to the point of Him dying a gruesome death for our sins, which was the ULTIMATE sacrifice. He said son, the cross isn’t just a piece of flashy jewelry worn around a person’s neck, it should serve as an everyday reminder to those who say that they’re Mine, that they too will suffer. I remember going to a tattoo parlor years ago with my now ex-wife, ( another story for another day) who wanted to get a tattoo and subsequently talked me into getting one. Prior to taking this trip, she knew what she wanted, but I hadn’t even entertained the idea of getting one. Be that as it may, after she got hers around her ankle, a vine with roses, as best as I can remember, she suggested that I get one too. With the thought of getting a tattoo NOWHERE in my mind, I finally consented and I got one….A cross, on my back, not a huge one, but one of decent size, and it was tattooed at a slight angle, on my left shoulder blade…

    Still not thinking anything deeply serious or spiritual about it, except for the fact that it was symbolic of my Savior, I meandered through life for years, just knowing I had a cross tattooed on my back. Fast forward some years later, as my life began to spiritually change, I stared into the mirror one day looking at my tattoo. (I could see it because there was another mirror behind me) All of a sudden Abba said, although you thought that day you were merely getting a piece of symbolism, little did you know you had a cross to carry too…………..

    He began to show and to teach me His SOVEREIGN will to do and accomplish things in our lives, without our knowledge nor our consent, but later reveal that it was in fact Him all along, influencing our decision making without showing even His hand. (WOW)..

    Let’s look at the DETAIL to which Abba goes and influences. My tattoo is a cross, it’s on my back, it’s not a huge one because I can’t handle a BIG cross, but it’s my cross, one of decent size and proportion to my call, and it’s tattooed at a slight angle across my left shoulder blade, which suggests and serves as an amazing visual for me that I must carry my cross, NO MATTER WHAT. BUT WAIT A MINUTE, Abba JUST revealed a NEW PIECE to the puzzle (rhema -right now) reminding me of Simon from Cyrene, who helped Jesus carry His cross, which I believe is captured and recorded to show us how He will help us carry ours..Through change and transition, through ups and downs, through ins and outs, He’ll help us carry our cross….

    “Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me…Luke 9:23

    “And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple…Luke 14:27

    “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead…Philippians 3:7-11

    JUST WOW, JUST ABBA!! Have Your way in our lives…

    Be it unto us, according to Your word!!

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    1. Wow! Wow! Wow!
      Big Brother – this was some deep reflection. Thank you for sharing. Yes! We all have a cross we MUST carry. Professing our faith isn’t just lip service, it’s “shoulder service” too. If it’s one thing I can recall Jesus promising us in this life, it’s suffering. And the scriptures you shared, on point with the promise and the reason for our suffering. Through suffering like you mentioned, we come very very close to the “cross.” We get to be stripped (as He was), to become empathetic (as He did and is), to surrender our wills (as He did in Gethsemane) to ultimately did and be raised in newness of life. Suffering is by no stretch east but again, you have reminded us that our Lord will help us through. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” Philippians 3:10.

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    1. Amen beloved friend! He is indeed Worthy – I love that word you used. He is worthy of our praises, worthy of all honor. Worthy meaning we are ascribe “worth” to Him. One scripture says, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.” That same Lamb – is with us always. May our Lamb inscribe His worth forever upon our hearts ❤️

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  5. “He is constant, He is dependable, He is reliable, He can be trusted to show up on time – every time. ”

    Amen, Amen and Amen! Yes, Yes, Yes!
    This is whom we serve. This is whom we follow. We do not follow a fickle God who changes as we do but an immovable Rock who has never changed in character…ever. He is still the humble, loving, trustworthy, faithful and true God He has always been and always will be. He is the One we can throw our lives to and will always be with us.

    Thank you for this most excellent encouragement!

    Blessings,
    Homer Les
    http://www.uncompromisingfaith.ca

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    1. Awww, thank you for your encouragement Les! I love the words “immovable Rock” – there’s food in that. No bulldozer can’t knock our God down. No ocean waves can’t whittle His size. No sun can’t leave Him scarred. He is immovable! Remains the same through the ages. Halllllellllujah!!! And what you said, about “throwing our lives” to Him – that’s just what He wants us to do, especially as we go through our storms. He can handle it all! Everything. Every time. All the time! Blessings to you and your fie my brother! 🤗🤗

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  6. Excellent. I prayer. I remember someone said that God’s mercy was when He refused us the Tree of Life in the Garden so we would never live in sin forever. Prais and Glory for such is time. \o/

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  7. Wow. Thank God for healing sis. She shall recover fully and bounce back to full health in Jesus name.

    And love the message sis. Reminds me of a song that always comes to mind during my time out with Him “Seasons doesn’t change you”
    “Time doesn’t make you go away”
    “You are who you say you are”..

    God is just so reliable and ever PRESENT HELP in all times of our troubles and all phases.

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    1. Amen! I believe that with all of my being! 🙌🏽🙌🏽

      I’ve never heard that song, do you by chance have a link I can get so I can listen along – during this season, that song will be sure to replay in my mind a time or two 😊

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            1. Well, don’t know if it’s okay but I have my email addresses in the contact section of the blog and below when Holy Spirit hits you with some worship songs. (deandrahurst@yahoo.com/hurstdeandra@gmail.com)

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                    1. Awwww, you are very welcome! I connect with it based on the history and testimony. It’s one thing to hear a song, but when I hear some meaning behind it and/or feel the anointing- girllllll, that’s something else 🙌🏽

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  8. Interestingly enough, I was just reading Revelations 22. I was listening to a podcast and it was focused on that verse. Yes, in this life, change is bound to happen but it’s a great joy to know that God never changes and He is in Control no matter the frequency of the storm, He is still God. Thank you for sharing this reminder with us all 🙏🏿😊

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    1. Awwwww, you are most welcome. Thank for you for adding more on this chapter…May we never lose sight of His Sovereignty- ever! It’s easy to forget this when troubles arise and discouragement come our way.

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  9. Yes, yes, yes, and amen! If our foundation is built on anything at all other than our unchanging God, it will shift and crumble. But He never will! I love that you praise Him even in tough situations. He is good, faithful, and forever trustworthy! ❤

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    1. Amen, Heather. Any foundation apart from our God will crumble – no matter how solid they appear(ed) at the time. I confess, it’s not always easy to praise God during the tough times but walking with the Holy Spirit gives nudges and glimpses of God’s goodness and grace through His Word, creation, His people, through life events that help to bring clarity, perspective and ultimately His joy! ❤️🤗

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      1. So true! I missed the post(s) about your mom. What happened? I can definitely relate to it being difficult to praise God during tough times. I have a lot of physical pain, but I’m learning to praise Him anyway – and it definitely makes it easier to bear!

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        1. Ah, that was the “Suddenly” one.

          I’m sorry you have to endure physical pain my love. I cannot imagine what that is like – But God! Praising Him in the midst of the trials gives grace to endure.

          No worries, though. She was having excruciating stomach pain and began vomiting. We brought her to the ER and she was diagnosed with having a bowel obstruction. She had to have an emergency surgery to remove a portion of her bowel along with scar tissues from a previous surgery. She’s home now, but recovery can take 6-8 weeks at most.

          Heather, as we run this race (your blogs name), we are being changed into His image (Imago Dei) and we will be overcomers, by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of our testimonies. 🤗❤️

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          1. This is so true! I love the Imago Dei reminder. My pastor did a series on it last year right as we started coming to the church. We only caught the last 2 or 3.
            Now that you’ve told me, I do remember reading that. Sorry – my memory is full of holes these days. Thankfully, God still faithful.

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            1. Oh no, Heather, it is quite alright. With all that is going on – it’s easy to forget even the most important of details much less the ones that we don’t have to deal with head on. I would have loved to sit in that series for sure, if it was taped – I would be obliged to hearing the teachings.

              Hold on to God’s unchanging hand my sister. He has great things in store for you, I just know it!

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  10. Hi Precious. These words are from your heart and it does resonate with me. It makes me reflect on all the changes in my life and children. It is comforting to know that you have stability in your life and that is the reason God is unchanging and is the stabilizing factor in our lives. Thank you and have a blessed day.

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    1. Awwww, praise God. You’re very welcome. I’m glad His words have both comfort knowing our God is unchanging, especially when our lives and children have been changing. I love what you said, “stabilizing factor” – I’ve never considered those two words to describe Yahweh but now I am, and they are so potent. He’s the only One who is able to make raging seas become still, fiery furnace feel like an ice box, lions’ den feel like a vacation on the shore – He’s the our stabilizing factor – I love it! Thanks for that 😘 Have a joyfilled day my sister!

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  11. This was good reading, reminiscing, thinking, thanking, forgiving, changing, accepting, challenging, timing!! This reading is good timing weeks after you posted it!!
    I love time and often say it’s the best gift God has given us. I love change especially all gift wrapped in/with/through TIME.. God bless your writings and that creative mind and wording. YahWeh Bless her Lord. Thank you Deandra💜

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