Devotion #2.- I change too much
I’m nerdy about personality assessments. The Enneagram has recently become one of my favorites.
The biggest complaint about personality assessments is that they put you in a “box.” How can that be when we are so unique? When we are all so prone to change? I like the Enneagram because it leaves room for personality fluidity. It leaves room for the nuances and the changes.
I wish that I weren’t so prone to change. I wish that I weren’t surprised by a rogue mood swing. I wish that I had more control over my reactions to the world around me. I wish that it was more natural for me to be constant and steady. I wish that it weren’t so hard for me to sit still and make myself finish my work on this Bible study.
That’s why I’m glad to be reminded that the work of faith begins with God, and not with myself. I think there is a reason why Paul doesn’t say in Philippians 1:6, “I’m confident that you’ll continue on in the wok of faith that you’ve started in yourself.”
Empty gyms across America at the end of January prevent me from being confident in the certainty that any of us will finish what we start. We might and we might not. It could honestly swing either way.
But it’s not so with God. He always finishes what He starts. Being faithful is a part of His nature. Another part of His nature is the fact that He never changes. God doesn’t need to grow or improve.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadow.
God is not human, that he should lie,
Not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does He promise and not fulfill?
The obvious answer to the question in Numbers is, no. God always fulfills His promises. God never changes His mind. God always does what He says He is going to do. He always finishes what He starts.
That’s why I can have the same confidence that Paul has. Because the good work in me is resting on the rock-solid character of God, not on my own shifty character. If He started it, then it’s as good as finished because He starts things things on purpose. He is faithful to see His work through to the end.