The Immutable God

It is written:

“God wanted to prove that his promise was true. He wanted to prove this to those who would get what he promised. He wanted them to understand clearly that his purposes never change. So God said something would happen, and he proved what he said by adding an oath. 18  These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when he says something, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath. So these two things are a great help to us who have come to God for safety. They encourage us to hold on to the hope that is ours.” (Hebrews 6:17-18)

In His very Nature, God is unchanging.

Why is this the case?

“It must be emphatically maintained that God does not change (cf. Mal. 3:6 ; James 1:17 ). He neither changes His mind, His will, nor His nature. There are several arguments that demonstrate the immutability of God. We will consider three. First, anything that changes does so in some chronological order. There must be a point before the change and a point after the change. Anything that experiences a before and an after exists in time, because the essence of time is seen in the chronological progress from before to after. However, God is eternal and outside time ( John 17:5 ; 2 Tim. 1:9 ). Therefore, there cannot be in God a series of before’s and after’s. But, if God cannot be in a series of before’s and after’s, then God cannot change, because change necessarily involves before and after. Second, anything that changes must change for better or for worse, for a change that makes no difference is not a change. Either something that is needed is gained that was previously absent, which is a change for the better, or something that is needed is lost that was previously possessed, which is a change for the worse. But, if God is perfect He does not need anything, therefore He cannot change for the better, and if God were to lose something He would not be perfect, therefore He cannot change for the worse. Therefore, God cannot change. Third, if anyone were to change his mind, it must be because new information has come to light that was not previously known, or the circumstances have changed that require a different kind of attitude or action. Now, if God changed His mind, it cannot be because He has learned some bit of information that He did not previously know, for God is omniscient—He knows all ( Ps. 147:5 ). Therefore, it must be because the circumstances have changed that require a different attitude or action. But, if the circumstances have changed, it is not necessarily the case that God has changed His mind. It may simply be the case that, since the circumstances have changed, God’s relationship to the new circumstances are different because they have changed, not God.” (Norman Geisler & Thomas Howe, When Critics Ask: A Popular Handbook Of Bible Difficulties, 1271-1287 (Kindle Edition); Victor Books)

How reassuring to know that, despite the often turbulent and cruel currents of this life, we have a God at the helm Who can always be trusted and depended upon.

Are you allowing God to steer your life?

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