You Can’t Change That

In 1979 a song was released called, yes, you guessed it, “You Can’t Change That”.  A portion of the lyrics goes like this:

You can change your telephone number
And you can change your address too
But you can’t stop me from loving you
No, you can’t change that, no, no

You can change the color of your hair
And you can change the clothes you wear
But you’ll never change the way I care
No, you can’t change that

(C) Ray Parker, Jr.

Put to a catchy tune it was a hit in 1979.  I’ve been thinking about these lyrics and wondering if that applies to God, too, and how He loves us.  Does He know where we are?  Does He know us by name?  What if these things change?

In the book of Acts we read about the conversion and ministry of the Apostle Paul.  Up to Acts 13:9 we see Paul referred by his given name Saul.  After Acts 13:9 he is referred to as Paul.  Some mistakenly think this name change was due to his spiritual conversion, but the real reason for the name change has to do with Paul’s increasing world-wide ministry.  Saul is a Hebrew name, while Paul is Greek.  During Paul’s time Greek was to that current world the same as English is today.  It was a common language known by most folks living at that time.  As Paul’s ministry expanded beyond simply ministering to the Jews it was appropriate for the name change to take place.

But, the question to be asked is – Does this confuse God?  Or, does God know you only by one name?  What if you name changes, what will God do?

Once again, the answer is in the scriptures.  What we need to find is actual references of God referring to Paul or Saul to find the answer we are looking for.  And they are available.

In Acts 9:4 we see where Jesus spoke directly to Paul as he was traveling to Damascus.

“And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?”

Now that we have found a reference pertaining to his given name, the question that remains is can we find a reference where God uses his new name?

In Acts 27 we find the following two scriptures:

23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

This is Paul speaking recounting an angelic visitation from God.  Note, how the angel calls him by his new name – Paul.

Isn’t that interesting?  So, no matter what you are called, or what name you choose to go by, God knows who you are and will call you by name.

Now what about addresses?  Does God know where we are?  How can He find us?  Does He need a GPS?

The Book of Acts also offers clues about this topic.  In Acts chapter 9 we find these two verses:

10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

Don’t you find it interesting how specific God is?  Find the street called Straight, go to the house on that street that belongs to a man named Judas.  There you will find Saul of Tarsus.  Note, this was not Paul’s permanent address.  This was his temporary home.

In Acts chapter 10 we find another angelic visitation, and once again, specific instructions about the location of a man called Peter.

He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.

And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:

He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.

This angel visited a man named Cornelius, a Roman centurion.  He was instructed to send for a man named Simon, surname Peter, who was lodging in the city of Joppa with a man called Simon, who was a tanner, and whose house is by the sea side.

Sounds to me like God knew exactly where Peter was.  Note, again, this was not Peter’s permanent home, he was just visiting Joppa.

So, let me hear the verses of that song again….

You can change your telephone number
And you can change your address too
But you can’t stop me from loving you
No, you can’t change that, no, no

You can change the color of your hair
And you can change the clothes you wear
But you’ll never change the way I care
No, you can’t change that

 

I think that could be God’s message to you and I.  He knows exactly where we are, and nothing you can do will make Him stop loving you or caring for you.  Things may change, but that will never change.  No matter what name you go by, or where you live, or where you travel, He knows you and you can’t change that.

One Response to “You Can’t Change That”

  1. Bea McGuire Says:

    I enjoyed this blog. I’ve never heard of that song but it is so fitting for your post! I’m also glad that He does know our name!! Blessings….

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