This week marks the final palindrome week of this century. A palindrome is a phrase, word or a sequence of numbers that reads the same forward and backward, like “nurses run,” “yo banana boy” or “9-17-19,” which is my wife’s birthday.
In other words, a palindrome is the same however you read it. It doesn’t change.
Did you know that God doesn’t change? In Malachi 3:6 God said, “I the Lord do not change” and in Hebrews 13:8 it said he is “the same yesterday and forever.”
Do you know what that means? It means that no matter what you’re going through right now God doesn’t change. Our circumstances change, but he never does. Our attitudes change, but he never does. Our faith in him might change, but he never does.
Not only does he not change, his love for you won’t change. God said in Jeremiah 31:3 that he has “loved you with an everlasting love.”
I know it’s hard for us to comprehend an “everlasting love” because it implies an eternal love that doesn’t change. But God is not like us in the context of being emotionally unreliable. He’s faithful to constantly and eternally be himself. The God who loves you.
It’s with this understanding that we can read John 3:16 with new eyes.
“God so loved the world (you) that he gave his one and only Son (the one who was, is and always will be the same), that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” John 3:16.
Think of it this way – before you were born or ever made one mistake in life God, on purpose, loved you so much that he paid for your mistakes, called sin with the life of his Son Jesus so that he could lavish his unchanging love on you for all eternity.
It doesn’t get any better than that.
I’m praying for you.
Zachary Elliot is the lead pastor of Fusion Christian Church in Temecula. For more information, visit www.fusionchristianchurch.com or find them on Instagram.