Hey friends. This is Bill Daly again from Bitterroot Valley Calvary Chapel with this week’s episode of Root Words. If you’ve been following us these past several weeks, we’re continuing our series on The Attributes of God. I mention this each week because it’s good to remember that perhaps one of the most important aspects of our Christian walk is that we’re called to KNOW God. And then, having known more OF Him, that we are then TRANSFORMED by that knowledge. Always remember that the word of God isn’t just informative, it should also be transformative. We as Christians are called to be conformed more and more to the image of Christ. And one of the many ways we can do that is if we study the nature, the character, and divine attributes of the God we serve as revealed BY God in His Word to us.
Now, if you happened to be with us last week, we spent just a few brief minutes discussing the “Sovereignty” of God. So this week, we’re going to examine:
The Immutability of God: That is to say, God’s UNCHANGING nature. God is constantly the same. He has not and will not ever change in His being, in His attributes, or anything that He has determined to do. God is unchanging and immutable in His very essence and His own wise counsel. In that, we might begin to perceive the infinite distance which separates us from our Creator; as fallen creatures we’re not only mutable, but everything in us, which is our sin nature, is opposed to God. Human nature can never be relied on but God can ALWAYS be relied on because He doesn’t change. For a visual aid, we might even compare God to a giant rock in the sea that remains totally unmovable through an entire ocean that may ebb and flow around it. And isn’t that great news for us? James, in his letter, tells us in the 17th verse of the 1st chapter that in God there is no variation or shadow due to change.
In ancient times, pre-dating Socrates in fact, was a man named Heraclitus. Have you ever heard the phrase, “The only constant in life is change”? Well, that’s from Heraclitus. As it happens, among the other things he was famous for, Heraclitus was known for a statement he made where he said, “Man cannot step into the same river twice”. Think about it. What he was saying is that even though the change in the river might be completely imperceptible to us, the fact that the water continues to flow demonstrates that the river you once stepped into has now changed. The part of the water you stepped into has since continued its journey downriver. The rocks you stepped on, the dirt under the water in just the one step you took, has begun to erode. Indeed, man cannot step into the same river twice because you are older the next time you set foot in the water, even if only a few seconds older. Now, I certainly don’t mean to reduce our look into the Immutability of God today by spending more time than necessary in the minutiae of philosophy. But I think we can all agree that change certainly is constant.
And while all of US change, and all of us can agree that the world around us changes, we can be assured that this is not so with our God. In fact the Lord, speaking through the Prophet Malachi in chapter 3, verse 6 says, “I, the LORD do not change…”. You and I change constantly: morally, spiritually, emotionally, physically, and so on. But God does not. And though He is unchanging, He is not asleep. He is not aloof, He is not caught off-guard. God’s word is replete with examples, over and over again, of the stability of God. He CAN be relied upon. His nature IS unchanging. His Justice, His Mercy, His Wrath, His Holiness, His Sovereignty, His entire divine essence. WHO GOD IS NEVER CHANGES! He is and always will be our “terra firma”. I remember when I experienced my first earthquake many years ago. I always thought to myself that if there;s one thing you can count on in this life, it’s the ground beneath your feet. Well, when THAT began to rock and reel, my whole paradigm shifted. I now began to question the very ground under my feet; my terra firma wasn’t so “firma” anymore. But that’s not so with God. In all of our circumstances, God can be relied upon. He can be trusted. So be encouraged today that whatever you might be experiencing, whatever you might be going through, even though we as humans are constantly in flux, that we can stand on the unchanging, immutable character and nature of Almighty God. He does not change, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Praise God for that mighty truth.
Well, I hope this blesses you and I look forward to seeing you all again very soon. In the meantime, have a wonderful week in the Lord. God bless you.