Friday, December 7, 2012

Malachi 3:5-6

"And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.
For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed."
Malachi 3:5-6

This is talking about the time of the second coming, and how God will sit in judgment and make things better.  The part that I really liked today is in the second verse.  "I am the Lord, I change not."  That's actually really amazing.  While we're going through this mortal experience, *everything* around us is changeable.  And we change all the time.  Our bodies are changing as we age, our minds change back and forth while we're vacillating over a decision, we change our emotions towards people, loving someone we once didn't like, or hating someone we once loved more than life.  We change the way we tell stories or events from our lives depending on who is listening.  Some of it is in our control... we can change for the better, we can overcome addictions, and we can learn. :)  Other things aren't as much.  Our bodies wear out, we might lose a job or belongings that we didn't want to lose, with no control over the outcome.  And in the midst of this crazy whirlwind of change stands God.  His hair stays still as though there were no whirlwind, and his voice is calm.  ... Talk about consistency.  Where else can we get even a drop of the stuff?  It's rare.  God is our solidity, our anchor in the middle of the raging insanity. :)  It is interesting if you look at the list of the things that he condemns in the first verse of the selection... we could make an argument that all of those things result from being changeable... treating the world unequally.  And we need a change, to save us from who we are and help us get to who we need to be.  But that "mighty change" can't come only from us, or anyone else that is so malleable.  It has to come, at least partly, as we are willing to accept it, from God.  In Mosiah 5:2, the Lord changes a group of people and they say "we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually."  ... What a change, eh?  Today, let's work on not doing the bad things on God's list.  Let's work on being more consistent, and on inviting God to change our hearts and helping us to become more like him.  Consistently good, consistently trustworthy, and consistently loving and helping the people around us.

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