The God Who Does Not Change

God’s Character, Part 3

Our trips out west to visit my wife’s family only happen every year or two. But whenever we catch a plane to San Diego, we’re always surprised and how many things are different from the last time we were out there. New restaurants, more homes (how is there even room for more?), new highways . . . more smog. The same is true with technology, laws, weather – you name it. Change is everywhere. Change is constant.

However, the Bible tells us that God does not change (Malachi 3:6).

Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end. (Psalm 102:25–27, ESV)

Some of us like change – we just can’t wait for the new iPhone or for winter to melt away into the blossoms of spring. And granted, much of the change that takes place around us is a good thing. But mark this; it is a very good thing that the God of the universe does not change. Imagine if his morals changed. One day greed and immorality were wrong and the next they were tolerable. Or what if he, like many churches today, changed his standards based upon what is popular and acceptable in the culture?

What if God’s moods changed? Imagine coming to him in prayer not knowing whether he was feeling benevolent or was a bit grumpy because the angels kept him up with their singing the night before? How confidently could you approach him then?

God has told us that he has accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins on the cross. But what if he changed his mind about that – that you now need to throw some good works in the mix to make yourself “good enough” to merit forgiveness?

Sometimes I like a little change, but not when it comes to the One whom I worship, thank you very much. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). And that is a very good thing.

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