We’ve all known people who were changeable, “driven
and tossed by the wind” (James 1:6), or “tossed here and
there by waves” (Ephesians 4:14). They
are fickle, or “characterized
by erratic changeableness or instability, especially in
affections or attachments.”[i] In
contrast, we also know that consistency is to be desired. This
is “stead adherence to the same principles, course, form.”[ii] Consistent means “being
in agreement with itself; coherent and uniform,” and “reliable,
We are glad to be able to rely on the unchangeable nature
of God. “For
I, the LORD, do not change” (Malachi 3:6). We
also read, “You are the same, and your years will not come
to an end” (Psalm 102:27). Christ’s
nature is also unchangeable: “Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). James
refers to God “with whom there is no variation or shifting
shadow” 1:17). Since
God is changeless, He is reliable and His promises secure.
We also are to have a consistency in our living. What
about you? Can
your family and friends depend on you to be consistent
in your relationship with them? Do
they know that what you purpose one day will continue to
be your purpose the next day? Or
do you start a project one week and a week later you abandon
it? Can they
depend on you to be there for them at all times or only
when it suits you?
Onesiphorus proved to be a loyal brother during Paul’s
imprisonment awaiting sentencing (2 Timothy 1:16-18). On
the other hand, Paul was disappointed with Phygelus and
Hermogenes and others who turned away from him (v. 15). They
lacked consistency in their loyalty and commitment to Paul
and his needs. Paul
discovered that Demas “deserted” him because he loved this
present world (4:10), but Luke continued with him (v. 11). Paul
lamented, “At my first defense no one supported me, but
all deserted me” (v. 16). These
people lacked a consistency in life, one that would cause
them to continue on from day to day and from year to year
with the Lord, doing His will, and serving His people.
Jesus found the same thing in his life. Many
disciples followed Him, but the time came when they fell
informs us that “many of His disciples withdrew and were
not walking with Him anymore” (John 6:66). But
His own disciples—eleven of them—continued to believe in
Jesus and followed Him (vv. 67-71). Let
us be like the disciples who continued on and on, without
is why Paul urged the Colossians to “continue in the faith
firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from
the hope of the gospel” (1:23).
Are you consistent and constant in your commitments? Are
you consistent in your lifestyle? Do
you manifest consistency in your faith in Christ, your
commitment to Scripture, and your walk with the Lord? Do
people know that you are not changeable and that you will
be the same faithful and devoted person tomorrow as you
are today? Let’s
renew our commitment to a genuine and sincere consistency
in our daily life.
[i] The American Heritage College Dictionary.
[ii] Random House Webster’s College Dictionary.
[iii] The American Heritage College Dictionary.