We experience changing seasons, much the way nature does: There are periods of productivity, contentment, and good health—but they may quickly shift to seasons of financial need, despair, or debilitating illness. Through all of life’s many changes, we need the anchor of God’s unchanging faithfulness to encourage us.
—Charles F. Stanley, “Up to Something Good”
Right outside our breakfast nook window, which overlooks a wooded yard below, stands one of my favorite trees, the American beech. The foliage turns a faint coppery tone in the fall. Yet when all the other hardwoods shed to bare bones at winter’s approach, the beech’s leaves hold fast. And they don’t let go until months later, at the ushering of spring.
Aside from what I take in from the beauty of these leaves, I’m heartened by their stubbornness. No matter what comes—pouring rain or a heavy wind—they just won’t let go. Their milky-hued orange blaze remains all winter.
In “Up to Something Good” Dr. Stanley talks about several characteristics of God, yet one stands out: His immutability. It’s a long word that means He is unchanging, and over the 20-plus years that I’ve been a believer, God’s steadfastness, out of His many attributes, has meant the most to me. I take comfort in knowing that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8).
I don’t like change. Sometimes this works against me, because all of us face unavoidable situations in life: aging, sickness, broken relationships, or unexpected loss of job or status. Change will come whether I want it or not. And yet, there’s also a permanence for the believer, both in our relationship with an unchanging God and in the future hope of an eternal home where the Lord will permanently remove suffering and death (Revelation 21:4).
“Through all of life’s many changes, we need the anchor of God’s unchanging faithfulness to encourage us.”
God refers to His promises often throughout Scripture, reminding us that ultimately He will do what He says He will do. It’s as if the Lord’s wants to convince us, amid the changing tides of this world, that there indeed exists a “hope we have as an anchor of the soul” (Heb. 6:19). And though my tree sheds its old leaves, the buds that quickly crop up remind me that God is in the business of renewing all life—permanently.
Illustration by Adam Cruft