God is the Same Yesterday, Today and Forever
I never thought that I would one day say this, but I find myself reminiscing more and more about “the good old days”. Those of you who are older are probably rolling their eyes thinking “ah, this child. What good old days could he be possibly thinking of when he still has milk on his nose?” But I have had those feelings when, for example, I’ve tried watching modern cartoons. I find myself shaking my head, and saying things like “Back in the day, they used to make the real stuff”. You know, cartoons like Spiff and Hercules, and Voltron – the Defender of the Universe, or Captain Planet (He’s a Hero, Gonna bring pollution down to zero…).
I listen to music today and a lot of it is what I would call “bubble gum” music – you can’t listen to it for more than a few times. Back in the day, listening to your favourite song more than once meant rewinding the tape with a pen – and you would gladly do it a dozen times a day. That’s when music was at it’s best, with the likes of the Bee Gees, Tracy Chapman, Phil Collins and Don Williams.
The point is that things change. Sometimes it’s for the best. But at other times, they change, even when you don’t want them to. I’m sure many of us have been frustrated when Microsoft or Apple upgrades your operating system, and a whole bunch of things disappear and lot more just pop up. And the only thing you think you know how to do is turning the computer on and off. But even that can be a mission in itself.
Life also changes, and in more serious ways than that. And we find ourselves seeking the things that don’t change. Nothing really ever stays the same. But this morning, Malachi will show us the one exception to the rule, and that is our unchanging, covenant faithful God.
So first of all Malachi tells us that God is faithful, and He is faithful to Himself