Attributes of God: Part 5
We are living in a world that is full of changes. The one thing we can count on is that nothing stays the same. A new car today, will be in the junk yard in a few years. People who are your best friends today could move away, decide they no longer like you, or they may die. Our healthy young bodies, turn into, out of shape, old bodies. Even if we take care of ourselves and exercise, it usually adds just a few short years to our lives.
We lose jobs, we get new ones. We work hard to grow a business, only to eventually turn it over to someone younger who may or may not be able to keep it going and growing. The truth is there is nothing and no one in this world that we can continually count on, for even the most reliable person doesn't live forever on this earth.
While we can count on nothing else in life, we can count on God. For He is immutable. That simply means that God does not change. This has to do with both God's essence and His character.
I. The Bible and God's Immutability
This attribute of God is emphasized in Scripture. Malachi 3:6; says: "I am the Lord, I change not." In the book of Hebrews we find that: "Thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail" (1:12). James calls God the Father: "The Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (1:17). The book of Hebrews also tells us about the Lord Jesus Christ. It says: "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
II. Consequences of God's Immutability
What does it mean for us that God is immutable. It means that our God is dependable. In a world where public opinion changes like the wind, we can count on God to always be what He always has been.
His evaluation of humanity has not changed. His offer of salvation to those who come to Christ in faith has not changed. The certainty of life beyond the grave has not changed. Literally all of His promises to us who are His children remain constant in our generation and any other that may follow.
God's immutability means that His love for us will never diminish. Romans 8:38,39 says that absolutely nothing can separate us from that love of God which is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Nothing which we can do can cause God to love us any more. Nothing which we can do or have done can make God love us any less. The Lord has a perfect love for us which cannot fail. His love is part of His character. It is what makes God, God. If His love could be diminished, He would cease to be God.
God's immutability should be more than just an academic word. It should be something that is a source of comfort for us. It should also strengthen us and give us a sense of stability in an unstable world. No matter what we're going through in this life, God will always be there and stand with us to help us and be our friend. Let us all come to God today, and let Him wrap His arms around us. He will be there though others may leave. For our God never changes.
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