"For I the Lord do not change," spoke our Lord through the prophet Malachi in chapter 3, verse 6. This statement is confirmed by Paul who wrote these words in 2 Corinthians 1:19-22: "For as the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in Him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory. And it is God Who establishes us with you in Christ, and has annointed us, and Who has also put His seal on us and given us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee." God does not change His mind about His promises to us. All that God has promised us has been or will be fulfilled through His only Son Who has taken our sins in His body on the cross and Who has risen from the dead, guaranteeing that we, too, will rise from the dead and will live forever with Him in Heaven.
We respond with the great "Amen!" "Yes! Yes! Yes! It shall be so!" We offer our honor and praise to God through His Son as we rejoice at the empty tomb. We offer our lives and our resources in thanksgiving to the One Who loves us with an incomprehensible love.
In Christ alone, God fulfilled all His Old Testament promises of redemption. In Christ, we stand unwavering in faith. In Christ, we are His own. In Christ, we look forward in hope and joyful anticipation to seeing our Savior face to face!
We live as redeemed people of the victorious Lamb of God. As that Lamb came seeking us who were lost (Luke 19:10), we now continue that work, for our will is that of "God our Savior, Who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:4).
in defiance when her parents make her go to bed when she needs rest and like the rebellious teen who believes his parents are out to control him, we do not always recognize that all God gives us and does for us and, yes, even demands of us, is for our good because He loves us. Sometimes we, too, stamp our feet and shout at God in defiance, while we should be thanking Him for His presence, for His constant care, for His love that will not let go of us. Tenderly He forgives our waywardness, restoring us again to His presence, giving us ever more cause for gratitude.