What have others said? Terry Johnson
The immutability of God is an anchor for us in a changing world. It is, says Charnock, our ‘strongest prop for faith.’ As such, ‘it is not a single perfection, but the glory of all those that belong to his nature.’ Thornwell calls it ‘the foundation of all our hopes’ and the ‘the pledge of his faithfulness.’ Did Jesus choose men to be his disciples? He still does so today. Did Jesus call those who wished to be his disciples to leave their families and homes and follow him? He still does so today (Matt. 10:34ff.; Luke 14:26). Did he insist they calculate the cost (Luke 14:28), sell all their possessions (Luke 12:33), take up their cross, and follow him (Matt. 16:24)? Was Jesus moved with compassion when he saw the multitudes as sheep without a shepherd (Matt. 9:36)? Did he weep over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41)? Did he welcome the weary and heavy-laden to himself (Matt. 11:28)? Did he welcome the tax collectors and sinners (Matt. 9:10)? Did he forgive the woman caught in adultery (John 8:3-4)? Did he forgive even his own murderers (Luke 23:34)? Did he promise to reward faithfulness and obedience (Matt. 5:13; 1 Cor. 15:58)? ‘A steadfast obedience is encouraged by an unchangeable God to reward it.’ Again, ‘If God be unchangeable in doing us good, it is reason we should be unchangeable in doing him service.’ ‘The pure, full, and entire religion of Christ is unchangeable, being simply, indivisible, and constantly the same throughout all measure of time’, Poole concludes.
Verses to Meditate Upon:
“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. (Malachi 3:6)
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. (Psalm 102:26-27)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
Questions to Consider:
- Was there anything within the sermon about the immutability of God that you learned?
- How do life’s circumstances sometimes make it hard to trust that God is always loving?
- How does God’s unchanging nature affect your ability to have an unwavering faith in Him?
- How can you live with a greater consciousness of God’s unchanging nature in our day-to-day lives?
Action to Take
- Thank God for being unchanging. Ask Him to grow your faith, reveal His plans to you, and help you live out His purposes for your life.
- Make a list of the major changes that you have seen take place just in your lifetime. Be amazed at how our eternal God has never changed! (Share your list with a friend)