I’ve been thinking a lot about the phrase that Leonard Allen spoke to me over coffee at Pour Jons. When talking about the unchanging nature of God Leonard suggested the phrase, “Steadfast through every change.”
Because, God does change His mind. He changes his strategies. He changes His heart. He is moved. In Christ, He is vulnerable, changing according to the actions of those around Him. But He is steadfast in every change.
I looked up the phrase because I wondered if there is a hymn or poem or Scripture text that uses this exact phrase. I understand that Steadfast is the English translation of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words for the concept of God’s love that never fails. It’s often paired with “love” so that in Lamentations Jeremiah speaks of God’s “Steadfast Love” and in English we sing a song that’s beautifully tied to my faith growing up as a boy:
The Steadfast Love of the Lord never ceases
His Mercies never come to and end
They are new every morning
The Lord is my portion, says my soul!
Therefore I will hope in Him
Searching, I found the exact wording “Steadfast through every change” in a poem, thanks to Google Books, that is in a Christian World magazine from 1867. I’ve embedded the entire poem here, called “The Father’s Peace,” by Lucinda Bowser. Enjoy and have a great day.
- Steadfast in the Lord (heavenlyrainimages.wordpress.com)
- How Precious Is Your Steadfast Love (abundantgraceandlove.wordpress.com)