(Your Behaviour Doesn’t Change God)
TO THE BIBLE: Exodus 3:15
“Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.”
Everyone has a name, and God is very interested in the meaning of names. This is why He changed the name of “Abram” (exalted father) to “Abraham” (father of many), and “Jacob” (deceiver) to “Israel,” meaning a prince of power with God. But despite the change in Jacob’s name, God still introduced Himself to Moses as “the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” Why was that so? After all, He didn’t say, “I’m the God of Abram,” but “the God of Abraham.”
The reason is that God was at the time concerned about Israel’s attitude as a nation; they acted in a manner that wasn’t consistent with God’s will for them, and whenever they did so, He called them “Jacob.” However, when they acted according to His Word, He called them “Israel.” Thus, in saying, “I’m the God of Jacob,” instead of Israel, He lets us know that irrespective of Israel’s behaviour, He was still their God, and remained faithful to them.
It reveals something extraordinary about the character of God: He’s faithful to us even when we’re not. He doesn’t change His character because of your character and behaviour. No wonder in Jeremiah 31:3 God says, “…I have loved you with an everlasting love….” God has already accepted you as His very own (Ephesians 1:6). He doesn’t turn His back on you just because you made a mistake. However, He expects you to be unwavering, with unshakable faith in His Word.
Romans 11:29, Isaiah 54:10
I thank you precious Father, for your unchanging faithfulness and unconditional love towards me. I’m safe and secure in you, confident that you’ll never leave nor forsake me. Thank you for being my ever-present help in time of need. I stay connected to you with all my heart, unmovable in my faith in your Word, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Revelation 15, Zephaniah 1-3
Revelation 18:1-12, Zechariah 1-2
Meditate on the scripture in 1 Corinthians 1:9, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” Think about God’s faithfulness throughout today.
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