Changes in man’s society—in his economics, politics, or religion—nearly always come from the bottom, not the top, because the top (the ruling elite) does not want to change; it always wants to be on top. But if they try to seal the pot to preserve the status quo, they cannot, and the pot will explode and destroy itself because of the fire.
There must be this continual change. Otherwise there would be total stagnation and corruption, because that which is at the top is the first to ferment, to sour, to rot, and that which is on the bottom is full of dregs, which if allowed to accumulate would solidify and clog the circulatory process. Then that which is on the top would become scum and froth. So, as in the brewing of a good beverage, it must be constantly stirred to prevent the settling of the dregs or the accumulation of scum. To ensure the equal distribution of all properties involved, there must be constant change and constant stirring and constant circulation to prevent stagnation.
This is the principle of society—as sure as the laws of physics. God has ordained it that way! It is as sure as the law of gravity: What goes up must come down! And as sure as the law of circulation of liquids and gases, what is down must go up! “For every high place shall be made low and the low places shall be made straight, and the mighty shall be abased and the weak shall become great. They which live by the sword shall die by the sword; but the meek shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 26:52; 5:5).
As sure as the night follows the day, the light follows the darkness. As sure as the sun rises, it must also set. As sure as the rain falls, it must also rise again. As sure as “from dust thou art, to dust thou shalt return!” (Ecclesiastes 12:7). There must be a continual birth, life, death, resurrection. The cycle must be completed—the perfect circle of eternity—to complete the creation of God, of which He is the Designer, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega (Revelation 1:8).
There must be both “in the beginning” and “the Last Days,” as the Bible terms it. “Do not fret because of evil doers” (Psalm 37:1), because their great houses shall become desolate and their palaces shall be laid waste. The grandeur that was Greece shall tumble into ruins, and the glory that was Rome shall fade into oblivion, that He who is eternal may be made manifest, and the beauty of His creation and the glory of His power and the eternity of His love, that He may be all and in all, that God may be glorified.
God moves. He is a moving God. He is never still. He is always doing, going, saying, effecting change in every sphere of creation. He is never static, except for Himself: “I am the Lord: I change not” (Malachi 3:6 KJV); and except for His Word: “Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in Heaven” (Psalm 119:89); and except for the future—His promises to His children: “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God” (Hebrews 4:9).
As for all else, “the mountains shall be made low, that which He has exalted shall be abased, and the low places shall be exalted” (Isaiah 40:4). “He that is of a humble and contrite heart in due time shall be highly exalted,” until “time shall be no more,” and the Kingdom of our Lord is come, where He that ruleth in righteousness shall judge the earth and establish everlasting peace (1 Peter 5:6; Revelation 10:6; 12:10; Psalm 9:7; Isaiah 9:7). “And the Kingdom shall never fall, neither shall it be given unto others. It shall be forever” (Daniel 2:44). And we shall rule and reign with Him upon Earth, and “He shall rule the nations with a rod of iron”—inflexible, unchangeable, eternal—the society of the Kingdom of God (Revelation 20:6; 2:27; 12:5; 19:15). “For the things which are seen are temporal”—for a little while—“but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18 KJV).
“Whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him” (Ecclesiastes 3:14). Behold, how the mighty have fallen, and God has exalted him of low degree (2 Samuel 1:27; Luke 1:52).
Are you becoming stationary with those seeking to preserve the status quo, to freeze the world into a block of ice? Or are you moving with the white_hot fires of the Spirit of God—burning, melting, moving, molding, flowing, pouring, sharing, changing?
Are you attempting to freeze, to preserve, to solidify into immovable ice that means death? Or are you warm, loving and sharing and wooing and sowing and conceiving with the seed that brings life—new birth, new creatures, and a new world—where “old things are passed away and all things have become new”? (2 Corinthians 5:17).
You’d better move now, with the life of God, or you’ll be left behind in the death of this world! Karl Marx was right: This world must change in the dialectics of its materialism in which nothing is permanent. Of course, Marx was short_sighted in that he did not foresee the unchangeable eternity of the spiritual world, which will never change. “For that which is flesh is flesh, and that which is spirit is spirit (John 3:6), and “flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 15:50), for “God is a Spirit”—eternal, unchangeable in the heavens—“and they which worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him” (John 4:21-24), not in this or that place, but in the eternal Spirit of God.
Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same! All things change, but Jesus never, glory to His name (Hebrews 13:8).
Abide with me, fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide…
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changes not, abide with me!