God is not man that he should lie, or a son of man that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? (Numbers 23:19)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)
God does not change, but He is the supreme Gamechanger. He alters circumstances, and He alters people, but He is absolutely immutable. If it were not true, it would be impossible to trust Him.
If you follow my posts, you know I’m a fan of the dictionary. Immutable, according to merriam-webster: not capable or susceptible to change.
So, if God is immutable, He is incapable of, not open to or subject to change.
It’s necessary to establish that God is always the same. He is so unlike us. He doesn’t evolve or adapt to circumstances or situations. He has always been, is, and always will be all that He is and ever going to be. Right from the get-go.
We talked about eternal last week. His immutability is also eternal.
As an aging human (people say women won’t talk about how old they are, but I don’t have a problem—I’m turning sixty-seven next week), I tend to pride myself on my resilience, my ability to go with the flow. Change. Especially since statistics show that seniors can’t change. I want to prove that statistic wrong!
But it isn’t just a pride thing. We do change. We take changeability to the extreme. We’re fickle. Dictionary time. Fickle: marked by lack of steadfastness, constancy, or stability: given to erratic changeableness. Please don’t be offended. But to a certain degree, this is true of every human being. We change—all the way from the furniture arrangement in our living rooms to the guy who heads up the nation where we live. It is hard for us not to change.
That is why God is so different from us. And why his attribute of immutability is so vital. What if one day he decided, for instance, that He was tired of sustaining the world? Or that we weren’t worth the effort? Can you imagine?
You might think I am driving this point into the ground, but that’s okay. God has an unchanging plan.. Can you recite it by heart now?
His plan is to have a people and for Him to be their God.
Folks, that does not change. It is what He had in mind when Adam and Eve chomped on the fruit from the forbidden tree. It’s the only thing that makes Jesus bursting into human history sensible.
God’s immutability is one of the cornerstones of our trust in Him.
But in what sense does God not change?
- In His essence.
- In His attributes
- In the promises that He makes.
- In the plans he makes.
If he is unchanging, and our post-modern world is revolutionized, computerized and all the other izeds you can come up with, what does that mean? That even today, a far cry from when the world was created, perhaps some 10,000 years ago, God is still the same. The same God who told Adam and Eve not eat from that tree, who asked Abraham to sacrifice his boy and then provided a substitute, the same God who told Moses to lead his people out of Egypt and then held back the waves so they could cross the Red Sea on dry land, the same God who came to earth in the form of Jesus and healed multitudes, died on the cross, and then was resurrected.
So, if that is true, is He somehow blind and not doing anything today? Did he decide that he is not going to burst onto the scene during our times like he did in the “old days”?
Indeed not. He is here and very much aware of all that is occurring.
So, why doesn’t he do something? Like what? Tell me.