Constancy: “the quality of being faithful and dependable; the quality of being enduring and unchanging; steadfastness, as in purpose or affection; faithfulness.”
Did Genesis 30 stir up more questions than answers about behavior and motives? Just in the first three verses we see jealousy, anger, pride and manipulation. Just a few verses later the sibling rivalry is out of control. And ultimately Jacob is hired out in the bedroom! It certainly doesn’t paint a very flattering picture of the condition of man. But God’s Word is never intended to flatter; His Word is truth and when we place our faith in Him and His Word, we are changed. “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth,” (John 17:17).
It’s truly impossible to explain how the LORD works through the free will of sinful man. But He does. Though the world around us is unstable and unpredictable, He is not. He is faithful and dependable. He is enduring and unchanging. He is steadfast in His purpose and His affection.
Consider His Constancy
His Constancy is conveyed through His Nature. “The Lord is high above all nations; His glory is above the heavens. 5 Who is like the Lord our God, Who is enthroned on high, 6 Who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in heaven and in the earth?” (Psalm 113:4-6).
His Constancy is conveyed through His Name. “But You, O Lord, abide forever, and Your name to all generations,” (Psalm 102:12).
His Constancy is conveyed through His Word. “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it,” (Isaiah 55:11).
His Constancy is conveyed through His Will. “Remember this, and be assured; Recall it to mind, you transgressors. 9 “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure,’ ” (Isaiah 46:9-10).
How can we respond to His Constancy?
In this world, it is easy is to become fixated on events rather than fixing our eyes on Him. At times, the chaos and confusion, the evil and injustice threaten to consume not only our thoughts, but also our hope.
Sometimes it is challenging to see Him in the midst of it all. We see our fears rather than His Faithfulness; our mess rather than His Might; our worry rather than His Wonder; our stuff rather than His Sovereignty; the evil one rather than the Exalted One. When life seems to be hurling out of control, remember His Constancy.
When we don’t understand, when overwhelmed by life’s insanity, we must hold on to Who He is: His Nature and Name, and what He has promised: His Word and His Will. We will find comfort and clarity in His Constancy.
Let us consider, contemplate and cling to His Constancy:
Conveyed through His Nature: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,”(Hebrews 13:8).
Conveyed through His Name: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe;” “Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forever,” (Proverbs 18:10; Psalm 113:2).
Conveyed through His Word: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away,” (Matthew 24:45).
Conveyed through His Will: “Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; … ‘Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth,’ ” (Psalm 46:2, 10).
Let us pray that we are strengthened and changed as we cling to and rest in His Constancy; He is faithful and dependable; He is enduring and unchanging; He is steadfast in His purpose and His affection.