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An Unchanging Mind

“I do know my own mind,” protested Anne. “The trouble is, my mind changes and then I have to get acquainted with it all over again.” —L. M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island

My first girlfriend’s name was Amy. I’ve changed her name here to protect the innocent—even though she wasn’t innocent. She broke my heart. Like most 13-year-old boys, I gave my heart fully to her. We decided we were going steady—you know, as in we weren’t interested in anyone else in the world. And then she changed her mind the same week a high school football player showed interest in her.

Have you ever noticed that when someone else changes his or her mind, you’re the one who gets hurt?

Some of you stood at an altar before God and mankind, looked the person you loved in the eye, and swore to have and to hold until death do you part. You didn’t change your mind, but your spouse did—and it hurt.

Perhaps your boss told you that layoffs were coming, but she promised you’d be the last to go. A couple weeks later, you received that dreaded pink slip and were told to meet with Human Resources. Someone’s mind was changed, and you were the one who suffered.

Have you ever feared that God might change His mind about you? Have you ever worried that you might be too much of a sinner—or too lax of a believer—and He’s going to cancel His commitment to you?

The good news is, God’s commitment to us isn’t about us; it’s about Jesus. So we don’t have to worry about God changing His mind.

But that leads to a new, more terrifying question: What if the Father changes His mind about Jesus? Isn’t that what He did with the old covenant? What if He decides to make a new new covenant—one where simply trusting in Jesus isn’t enough?

The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind … (Psalm 110:4a)

You will see how Jesus was the plan from the beginning. And because the Father’s commitment to Jesus is unshakable, His commitment to us is as well.

Lord, broken promises have made me weary of trust. Take my fears away and take me to a place of rest. Give me confidence that while other relationships might have failed, ours is forever. Amen.

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