Do Not Associate With Those Who Are Given to Change (6/10)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Proverbs 22-24.

My son, fear the Lord and the king; do not associate with those who are given to change, for their calamity will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?” (Proverbs 24:21-22).

There are times when change is necessary, both in religion and politics. The warning in this passage is not about necessary change, but change for the sake of change. There are some people who are not content, no matter what, and are always looking for something new, exciting, and different. The wise man says we are to avoid such people.

In the realm of matters that pertain to “the king,” change for the sake of change is dangerous. It leads to instability, which leads to a strong man coming to power to establish order, which then leads to tyranny and oppression. There are times when changes in government ought to be made, but change for the sake of change is not good.

In the realm of matters that pertain to our service to God, change for the sake of change is even more dangerous. In this case, those who are “given to change” are not content with God’s law and care only for what makes them happy at that particular moment. But the psalmist said, “The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting” (Psalm 119:160). God’s word is not something that can be changed or ignored whenever we feel like doing so. The consequences of doing this are eternally disastrous.

It is good to have an honest heart and be willing to change when it is necessary to conform more closely to God’s divine standard. But we must avoid those who simply want change for the sake of change.

Tomorrow’s reading: 1 Kings 5-6; 2 Chronicles 2-3

[I’m using the Chronological reading plan on the Bible Gateway website if you’d like to follow along, too.]

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