Pastor Cosand: August 2017
THE IMMUTABILITY OF GOD
meditation on God's unchanging nature
I am the LORD, I change not.
Our life is a life of change and our world is a world of change. Everything around us is in the process of changing all the time and at times it is quite unsettling to us. People who study stress and the causes of stress, tell us that any change causes stress, from the death of a loved one to starting school in the fall. Because of the way God made us, with a desire for eternity, the changes of life, ending as it does in death, are very difficult for us to endure. We find ourselves constantly making mental and emotional adjustments in order to cope with the relentless fluctuations of living on this earth.
With this in mind, the unchangeableness of our God speaks to the heartfelt need of our soul for stability and permanence. When everything around us is not only in a state of unsettling fluidity, but is fading away, the God who does not change answers to the yearning of our soul for something that is lasting. The Bible reveals to us a God who is immutable. The Scriptures teach us that He is always the same. He does not grow in form or in knowledge like we do. His power does not get stronger as the years go on. He does not learn anything new. He is not moody or irritable. He does not change His mind.
First, God's life does not change. There was never a time when He did not exist. God is the eternal 'I AM', who was and who is and who is to come. "From everlasting to everlasting you are God" (Psa 90:2). The gods that men have invented are not immutable, but are capable of change like people. The Greek gods were temperamental and fickle with human emotions and human weaknesses. They were immoral and capricious. And when people came to them they never knew what they were going to get. But of the only true God, the Scripture says that He is ever and always the same. He does not sleep … He does not get tired … He is never too busy. He is not only almighty, He is always almighty. He is not only sovereign, He is always sovereign. What this does, when we consider this aspect of God over and over in our minds, is that it strengthens our faith in Him. It produces a greater confidence in the Almighty.
Second, God's truth does not change. "God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind" (Num 23:19a), What God says is always true because God Himself is the embodiment of truth and He is always true. His promises are always true … His warnings are always true … His predictions are always true … His commands are always true. Jesus said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away" (Mt 24:35). What God says is more abiding than the stars of the nighttime sky.
This observation is very important because there is a significant application from the fact that God's truth never changes, when it comes to studying the Bible. The link between the stories of the Bible, thousands of years old, and our life is the unchangeable God. Because He is ever and always the same, and because this book is the Word of God, the stories of the pages of the Bible are ultimately about Him. And the most relevant knowledge we can have is the knowledge of the God who made us and before whom we will one day stand.
Third, God's purposes do not change. "Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?" (Num 23:19b). "My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose" (Isa 46:10). What God does in time, He has planned from eternity. And all He has planned in eternity, He carries out in time. He has a fixed plan and it does not change from day to day. God made a plan for all eternity and now it is being carried out and it does not change. God is not making this up as He goes along. He is not waiting to see what we will do and then He will make His next move. The movements of human history are unfolding according to God's immutable design.
The application of this great truth in our lives is that it produces a profound security in our souls. To understand that we are loved by a God whose love is unchanging … to see that God is a God whose power is never diminished … to know that His purposes are fixed, and that as His children, we are a part of His grand plan … these truths make our lives secure.
Beloved, in a world where everything changes daily and dramatically, no matter how we try to establish permanence, there is a God who is ever and always the same. He is the answer to the desire of our soul for permanence and stability and He is the way for us to know security and hope in eternity. Trust in Him through Jesus Christ. Everything else is temporal and fading away. God, alone, is unchanging.
Resting in the immutable God,