One thing that is certain in this life is that things will change. There are so many examples to this reality, just look around, case in point, graduation for students of various ages and grades and many of the parents of these students are saying, “Where has the time gone?” — reminiscing on memories of when their son or daughter was just a little one in diapers.
Well there are good kinds of changes and bad kinds of changes. For example; it is a good thing that students from schools everywhere are graduating into the next grade level. This shows movement and growth. However, if this never happened, the bad change would be adult children living with the parents forever. I can hear some of you saying “Yikes!”
The word capricious describes changes that are not too favorable. It is often used to describe the character of a person’s behavior, whether or not they are trustworthy in what they say they will do and faithful to promises that were made.
It is also used to describe a situation in the same manner.
Some of the synonyms of capricious include the words: fickle, unsteady, skittish, temperamental, uncertain, unpredictable, unsettled, unstable, unsteady, and even volatile.
While humans in their humanness will always fail the 100 percent perfection rate, most people would not choose a friend based on these characteristics, instead, one would hope to find a friend with more solid and faithful characteristics that were a little more trustworthy.
Malachi, one of the prophets of the Old Testament, speaks to a people who in their act of capriciousness have turned their backs completely against God. These individuals were corrupt in their positions, wicked in their practices and displayed a false security in their relationship with God. Malachi desperately appeals to these people saying even though you have been capricious, running here and there with your fickle, rebellious attitude against God, God is NON capricious towards you. He is faithful in His promises to His people and to those that believe in Him. He is full to overflowing measures of abundance of grace, generous in mercy and nonstop in giving of His loving kindness.
Malachi 3:6 says, “I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.”
God drives home the point, using Malachi’s mouth in letting it be known loud and clear that He is never changing.
What an incredible, peaceful and comforting thought, that God is the same, yesterday and forever. He does not go back on His promise of bringing redemption to Israel and to all Gentiles who believe. His character never changes because His love never changes. He is NON CAPRICIOUS.
Never changing, dependable, reliable, sure, tried and true, permanent, lasting, durable and most important trustworthy and faithful to His own Word and His own promises toward us.
You can believe His word and take at face value His promises.
So even to a people who have completely turned their back against God and offended Him in every way possible by provoking Him to jealousies and anger, upon their repentance, He will turn to them with loving kindness.
“Return to Me and I will return to you says the Lord of hosts.” The Lord follows up with yet another promise, if these people will come back, bow the knee and return to serving God, He will be faithful to return to them.
Moses, years prior, makes the same concrete statement in the book of Numbers 23:19, stating, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor the son of man, that He should repent. Has He said and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
People change, things change, but the word of the Lord will last forever. From generation to generation, from every people group, tribe and tongue, children to older folk, genders and various ethnicities, God’s word will last forever among them.
So in a time where God’s people curse him, turned their backs on Him, divorced Him, robbed Him and doubted the character of God, He contradicts all that by maintaining His NON CAPRICIOUS character, stable and unwavering.
So I want to ask you, in what ways has your heart turned from God? Has it been through ...
• Doubt, distance, disbelief
• Regret, remorse, regression
• Sorrow, sadness, suffering
• Idolatry, idealism, imposters
Whatever capricious thing that has kept you from believing, following and serving the Lord is all made void once you turn completely to Him with a pure and sincere heart.
So come, believe and receive the greatest news ever known to man. Redemption is obtainable, reachable and attainable through turning to the unchanging One that is NON CAPRICIOUS.
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About the author
Simone Lake is a pastor’s wife and full-time minister, serving in various areas. Her primary areas include Bible teacher and conference speaker (both in the U.S. and internationally). In addition, she writes devotional articles in several publications, is a short-term missionary, author, prayer leader, Bible mentor and chaplain. She holds a master’s degree in Theological Studies (MTS) and attends Church on Randall Place where she serves in various capacities alongside her pastor husband. Simone and her husband enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking the Grand Canyon, mountain bike riding and walking their border collie dog, Scout. For more information, visit www.simonelake.com or www.facebook.com/SimoneLake.