He Changeth Not – Mormon 9:19

19 And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.

On the title page of the Book of Mormon, we read that one of the purposes of the book is “to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God.” What is the meaning of “the Eternal God?” It means that He is enduring, constant, and immutable. It means not only that He will always be there but also that He will never change. We can have confidence that He is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Mormon 9:9).

  • Because of this truth, Nephi can testify boldly that “he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come” (1 Nephi 10:19).
  • Because of this truth, Moroni can testify, in the passage above, that the same God who performed miracles anciently will perform miracles in our lives if we have faith in Him.
When Jesus visited the Nephites, He revealed to them some of the teachings of the prophet Malachi, whose ministry began after Lehi and his family had left Jerusalem. Among the words He shared with them are these:

For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed (3 Nephi 24:6, Malachi 3:6).

God made covenants with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and He will always fulfill His covenants. His time horizon is so much longer than ours, and He is patient with us as we painfully learn to live up to those covenants and to receive His blessings.
Today, I will place my faith in God as I face the challenges of the coming year. I will remember that He is eternal and unchanging, that His covenants are durable, and that His words and actions toward His children are consistent over time.

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