Psalm 102:25-27 (ESV)
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.
(This is part 6 of our study on ‘Who is God‘)
Continuing our study on ‘who is God’, the next attribute I want to look at is immutability, or the fact that God does not change.
What this means is that God’s attributes to do not change in any way over time – so God is always eternal, all powerful, loving, omnipresent, all knowing, merciful, gracious and much more.
What this doesn’t mean is that God will act the same way in what we perceive are the same circumstances! Whilst his attributes remain the same, and His actions will always be consistent with His attributes, God may choose to act differently at different times and places. The perfect example of this is His revelation of Himself. God has always been who He is, but our knowledge of Him has grown over many generations, and through multiple times of revelation. We now know all about salvation, about Jesus, and about the church. But Abraham did not – he may have been given an inkling, but he didn’t know the detail we have now.
God does not change – we do.
Hebrews 13:8 (ESV)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Our application here is again that God is consistent. Because God does not change, we can rely on what He has revealed, be that yesterday or 2000 years ago (or more!).God is consistent. God is unchanging. God is reliable.
So in our daily lives, we can rely on Gods promises that He will provide for us. He will take care of us. If we ask, he will guide us in His will. We can rely on the fact that His will is the best for us – whether it seems like it at the time or not. God doesn’t change like the weather, but remains constant and reliable, no matter what happens with us, or what happens around us.
James 1:16-17 (ESV)
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 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.
Lastly, it reminds me of the parable of the wise builder. We may change, the world around us may change. But God never changes, and we can place all our hope and faith in Him.
Matthew 7:24-27 (ESV)
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”