Worshiping the God Who is Eternally Unchangeable- Part 1
For us as 21st Century citizens, change seems to be the one constant in life. Times change, technology changes, the topography of the land changes, our bodies and the way they look changes, etc. It has been said that the only people who like change are babies with wet diapers.
All of us who are beginning to be chronologically challenged can identify with the old fellow who had just turned 100 years of age and was being interviewed by a reporter. The reporter said, “You certainly have seen a lot of change in your lifetime, haven’t you.” “Yep,” replied the old man, “And I been against everyone of them!”
The truth is that there is deep within our beings a desire for something that isn’t fickle and fluctuating; that’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. And the good news is this is found only in the one true and living God of the Bible!
The God of the Bible whom Christians call, “our Father,” is unchanging in his person, perfections, purposes, and promises. He lives forever without mutation, alteration, variation, or fluctuation!” The immutability of God’s nature means that:
1. Since God is Unchanging — Nothing that Matters has Changed!
In spite of all the changes that science and technology have produced, nothing that really matters has changed.
God’s evaluation of the human heart is the same in every generation. It’s still deceitful and desperately wicked. In spite of having more knowledge and technological skills than all the previous generations combined, the 20th Century used those abilities to kill more people than all the previous generations combined!
God’s offer of salvation in Christ is a constant. The work of the Holy Spirit in salvation is the same as it always has been. The statistics for death haven’t changed — they are still one for one. The certainty of life beyond the grave is unaffected by the changes in society. The Biblical definition of Truth remains the same despite all the public opinion polls.
2. Since God is Unchanging — Never Will He Need Improvement, Information, or be Inconsistent!
God’s person, perfections, purposes, and promises never changes. He never is “less than” who He is. He never improves because there is no improvement possible . . . He is already perfect. God is always wise, always sovereign, always good, always just, always holy, always merciful, and always gracious, and always present. Whatever God is, he always is. There are no “sometimes” attributes of God. All of his attributes are “always” attributes. He always is what he is. Daddy often says to the children in response to their question of, “what’s wrong with mom today?” “Well, mom’s just not herself today. She’s having a bad day.” God never has bad days when He is not himself!
A number of the great hymns of the faith stress this aspect of God’s character — perhaps none so beautifully as these lines from “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”: We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree, And wither and perish—but naught changeth thee!
Another hymn declares: “Change and decay in all around I see, O Thou who changest not, abide with me.”
How does this truth of God’s immutability translate into day-to-day living? Practically, it means that God will not ever leave you or forsake you because your behavior surprised Him and He regrets saving you because He didn’t know what He was getting when He got you! It means that He will always take care of His own. He will always seek an eternal, ever-deepening, ever-maturing love relationship with you. He will always forgive the one who truly repents, and always save the one who trusts in Christ’s atonement. He will always be your Rock and Fortress, your Shield and Defender, your Strong Tower.
3. Since God is Unchanging — None of His Promises Will Fail!
Listen to some of these promises and purposes of God:
“The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations” (Psalm 33:11).
“The LORD Almighty has sworn, ‘Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand’” (Isaiah 14:24).
Titus 1:2, “in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,”
Hebrews 6:17-19, “In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, in order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us.”
Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
Thus, when the unchanging, ever-faithful God promises to supply all our needs, He will do so.
When He promises to never leave us, He won’t. (Even if we are like a light switch in our contact with Him — off and on!)
We can be confident in knowing that He who has begun a good work in us will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. When He promises to finish the work He has started in us, He will. (Even though we may drift, become disobedient, come under His severe discipline, and get distracted from time to time in our Christian walk.)
When He promises that everyone who comes to Him will not be cast away, He means it. (Even though we know that we deserve nothing but His wrath.)
The work which His goodness began, the arm of his strength will perform; His promises are yea and amen in Christ and have never failed us yet!
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
The prince of preachers, C. H. Spurgeon, penned the following thought-provoking sentence about Jesus: “Not one feature in His glorious person attracts attention at the expense of others; but He is perfectly and altogether lovely.” Continuing, Spurgeon exclaimed, “Oh, Jesus! Thy power, Thy grace, Thy justice, Thy tenderness, Thy truth, Thy majesty, and Thine immutability make up such a man, or rather such a God-man, as neither heaven nor earth hath seen elsewhere… Thou art music without discord: Thou art many, and yet not divided; Thou art all things, and yet not diverse. As all the colors blend in one resplendent rainbow, so all the glories of heaven and earth meet in Thee and unite so wondrously, that there is none like Thee in all things; nay, if all the virtues of the most excellent were bound in one bundle, they could not rival Thee.”
On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand!