Our Bible verse for today: “I the Lord do not change.” Malachi 3:6 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “God does not change”
One of the most common words of testimony we hear from Christians, especially those who came to faith in Christ from a rough background or out of terrible circumstances is, “I’m not yet who I should be, but thank God I’m not who I used to be.” That speaks to the truth that people can and do change.
Human beings change, circumstances change, and the world changes. But God does not change. The theological term for the unchanging nature of God is “immutability”. To say that God is immutable means that He does not change. He is always Himself in all of His perfection and fullness, and therefore not only is there no need for Him to change, it is impossible for Him to do so (you can’t improve on perfection).
This understanding is important and helpful for us. For one thing, we don’t have to guess about what God is like. The Bible tells us everything He wants us to know about what He’s like and how He deals with us. What He has told us to be true about Himself and His ways will not change.
Also, God’s unchanging ways provide us with an objective and absolute standard against which we can measure our own conduct and growth. One of Jesus’ missions on earth was to provide us with a picture of the Christian life lived to perfection. That example He set for us does not change. Hebrews 13:6 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Jesus is our perfect example. Change is unnecessary and impossible for God, but it is absolutely essential for us. The whole possibility of redemption lies in the truth that we can be changed.
The immutable, unchanging nature of God is a great gift to us. It provides us with certainty about God Himself, and it provides us with a “true north” that guides us to the change that is essential for us. No moving targets here. Thanks to the immutability of God we know exactly what is true and what is not true about Him, and we know what we should aspire to and strive for in our own conduct. Spend some prayerful time this morning thinking about the unchanging and perfect nature of God.