“I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.“
Yesterday we saw that God is the unchanging, covenant-keeping God. Because He does not change, even though we change and we sin, He is still committed to us in covenant love. Therefore, we are not consumed (even though we deserve to be). Instead, He loves us with an everlasting love.
We are also not consumed because He does not change in His power. When Malachi was written, around 400 years before Christ came, Israel was back in the promised land, but they were surrounded by enemies more powerful than them. They were in danger of being consumed by their enemies.
But, the Lord does not change, therefore, He says, “you… are not consumed.” You are not consumed, because the Lord’s power is the same. He is still the same God who took Israel out of Egypt, parted the Red Sea, provided food in the wilderness and gave them the promised land. So “you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.”
He is still the same God today. Even if all the armies of hell attacked us, He is still the same God who made the heavens and the earth. He is still the same God who defeated the devil’s power through the cross and resurrection. He is still the same who in Christ cast out demons and raised the dead. Nothing has changed.
There are times when we have enemy attacks on every side, when worry fills our hearts and minds, when we are so sick, when we don’t know how we are going to pay the bills, when people insult us, but you, O child of God, “are not consumed.”
None of these things, even though they are powerful and painful, are able to consume us, because the Lord does not change. Not even death can consume the believer, because He has defeated death, so death takes us to be with Him.
Whatever you are facing today, you will not be consumed.
“Grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.”