God Never Changes: To Know and Love Him, part 4
May God give us a deeper appreciation of the fact that, unlike created things, the eternal Creator does not change. God does not go back on His Word or take back His promises. He is faithful. He is consistent. God never changes.
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.
God is Not Like Us
You and I grow weary, grow old, and will one day die. God does not. You and I can grow wiser or more foolish, but not God. You and I can grow stronger or weaker, but not God. God never changes; He is not like us.
You and I allow outside forces to influence us in inappropriate ways. We often let people's opinions about us change how we live. We often let hardships and trials change our confidence in God and His promises. We fall for Satan's schemes. We follow sin's lurings. And we are frightened by coming death. But praise the Lord, because He is not a weak and pathetic creature. God is not like us; God never changes.
In God's own words:
For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.
What Would Change Look Like?
How could God change? If he became something else, He would no longer be God. If He became less, than He would no longer be an almighty and infinite God. If He became more, that would prove that He never was. If God changed--i.e., if He mutated--than He would no longer be God.
God, therefore, is immutable. He can never be and will never be anything but He has been from eternity, the one God who is self-existent, self-sufficient, and self-contained Triune God.
Let us say with the Psalmist as he contrasts creation with the Creator:
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.
What is the point? God causes created things to change, but God the Creator will not change. He will always be the same; God will always be the exact God that He has always been. Let us never seek fulfillment and hope in changing things rather than in the unchanging God.
Let go, then, the fleeting treasures and pleasures that you cannot keep, and cling to the unchanging God of infinite glory and unimaginable perfections and joy. He is God; and you can know and love Him through faith in Jesus Christ.
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
God does not change his mind like men do.
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?
The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind,
"You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek."
God does not lie or make mistakes to be regretted like men do.
And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.
1 Samuel 15:29
God never changes His purpose or plans like men do.
So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath,  so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.
When we look at different attributes of God, for example God's love, holiness, and justice, remember that God never changes. He does not become more loving or less loving. "God is love" (1 John 4:8). He does not become more holy or less holy. "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come" (Revelation 4:8). And God will not become more just or less just. "For God shows no partiality" (Romans 2:11).
Finally, Jesus, having ascended to heaven as Lord of salvation, will never change. He will never abandon His post like men do. He will never fail in His mission like men do. He will never take back His promises like men do.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Read Ephesians 1:3-14 and meditate on how God's plan of redemption stretches from eternity past, into time as we know it, and into and after the end of time as we know it. Or, from before history, then in history, and then after history.
God has one plan with one purpose that will never, ever change. If this were not true, our hope and rest in Christ would be illusions. If there were a chance God could change, or that He could change His mind about the future or about the offer of salvation to lost sinners, then assurance in Christ vanishes away.
God does not go back on His Word or take back His promises. He is faithful. He is consistent. I am thankful for that.