You May Change, But God Never Changes

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This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Who is God?

“You May Change, But God Never Changes” is the 7th article in my series entitled “Who Is God?” about the characteristics and attributes of God. If you haven’t yet done so, you’ll also enjoy reading God the Eternal OneGod the Holy One, God Knows Everything About You and Loves You Like Crazy, God Who Makes You New, God Who Rewards You, and God Our Intercessor.

Have you ever stopped to think that if God could change, we’d be in real trouble?

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    Seriously. Think about it. God has all the power in the universe. He is in control of everything. If He decided to be in a good mood one day, but not the next; if He decided to keep His Word one day, but not the next; if His requirements were different from day to day… we humans would have no hope.

    We’d never be able to keep up. We are outwitted, outclassed, and outpowered by God. Our only hope is that He tells us what He wants and sticks to it.

    And fortunately, that’s exactly what He does.

    You and I may change, but God never changes.

    The Bible tells us that God never changes. In Malachi 3:6, God says, “For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.”

    James 1:16-17 states, “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

    Christians can take great comfort in God’s unchangeableness, or “immutability.” All of His marvelous attributes that I’ve discussed so far in this blog series would be completely useless if it were possible for these attributes to change.

    So how does the fact that God never changes apply to your life?

    The fact that God never changes has three very important, practical applications:

    1. God’s immutability means that “God’s purposes for Christ will not change. [1]

    The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ will always be our Savior. He will always be honored above all others and all people will eventually glorify Him.

    Philippians 2:8-11 states: “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” [2]

    2. God’s plans for all who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior will not change.

    First Peter 1:3-5 states, in the Amplified Bible: “Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [born anew] into an inheritance which is beyond the reach of change and decay [imperishable], unsullied and unfading, reserved in heaven for you, who are being guarded (garrisoned) by God’s power through [your] faith [till you fully inherit that [final] salvation that is ready to be revealed [for you] in the last time.” [3]

    Don’t you love that? God’s purpose and inheritance for you is completely beyond the reach of change!

    I used to be really afraid that I would miss out on my destiny; that I would miss out on God’s plan for my life. But then I found this one verse and it changed everything for me. Since God can’t change, His plans for me also can’t change, and He is guarding me by His own power. That means if I will stick with God, He will make sure everything unfolds at the perfect time.

    3. God’s plan to judge the wicked and condemn those who chose sin over Christ will not change.

    In Exodus 34:6-7, God declared Himself to Moses as: “…“The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”

    It’s sad, but the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).  If you do not accept God’s gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ, you will eventually have to pay that penalty. (So please, please, please, if you have not received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, won’t you do so today? Click the link above to read how.)

    God never changes:

    • His purposes do not change.
    • His character does not change.
    • His truth does not change. [4]

    God is already the Almighty, Completely Perfect God. He has no aspirations of attaining a higher status, for no higher status exists.

    We can take comfort in the fact that He has never changed and never will. And because God never changes, we can base everything in our lives upon what He says, who He is, and what He promises to do.

    Can you think of another reason why it’s so important to us that God never changes? If so, what is it? I’d love to hear your thoughts; please leave a comment below!

    [1] Boice, Foundations of the Christian Faith, 145

    [2] Philippians 2:10, NKJV

    [3] 1 Peter 1:3-5, AMP

    [4] Boice, Foundations of the Christian Faith, 145-146

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    One Comment

    1. Pamela Andrulot says:

      Thank you for this (and the series) Jamie. This is right on time for the church today. Lately He is showing us those things which make me go “Doh”! Somehow it seems He’s teaching us “older” Christians the ABCs.

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