Wednesday, May 26, 2010

God's Changelessness

During the hour long round trip that I took to the eye doctor today, I saw two old, beat-up vehicles with worn-out and fading "Obama '08" stickers on them. On the way home, I spotted an SUV with a sign tacked to the inside of the back window which read, "'s that hopey, changey thing workin' out for ya?"

How much things change in the world of politics.

The candidate who had the saying, "Change you can believe in" is now working furiously with his cohorts and lawyers in an attempt to cover up The Sestak Scandal.

Conservative radio talk show hosts were the ones who originally asked the question, "what kind of change" was Obama's campaign proposing? The lies that were told to get Obama elected are quite evident now. Those who voted for him were completely duped. Many regret their votes - especially the Christians who didn't bother to vet Obama before going into the voting booth!

People are sinful. They have the character to change - either for good or for bad - at any turn in life. But there is One who does not change - and that's God. God's changelessness is evident in Scripture:

For I am the LORD, I do not change. Malachi 3:6

In his book, Knowing God, Dr. J.L. Packer tells us that Bible study helps us because the God who interacted with the characters of Scripture is the same God who cares for us today. "The God with whom they had to do is the same God with whom we have to do," wrote Packer. "for God does not change in the least particular." His character does not change; His truth does not change; His ways do not change; His purposes do not change.

"God does not change," said Dr. Packer. "Fellowship with Him, trust in His Word, living by faith, standing on the promises of God, are essentially the same realities for us today as they were for the Old and New Testament believers. This thought brings comfort as we enter into the perplexities of each day." 1

You can count on this--it's as predictable as God Himself: He is unchanging. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

Because the Lord does not change, we know that He will keep His eternal promises.
We can have confidence to trust in Him completely!

All change must be to the better or the worse. But God cannot change to the better, since He is absolutely perfect; neither can He change to the worse, for the same reason. - Henry Thiessen

1 J.I. Packer, Knowing God (Downers Grove: Intervarsity, 1973), quotes from chapter 7.

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Susan Smith said...

I love Talk Wisdom when you talk about Jesus, Christine.

He is Lord. I love you! Enjoy the sunshine today... it is a day the Lord has made!! (ss)

Christinewjc said...

Hi Susan,

I know that you dislike the politics that I often discuss here at this blog and I can understand why. Politics are never pleasant!

However, it is really good to know that you love to read here when I include posts about Jesus!

Love back to you! We are in for another gorgeous day here in California. Praise God!

Al said...

Another interesting and informative post, Christine. Thanks for the reminder that we can place absolutely trust in our Father in Heaven and much less in man(feeling sad for the folks who were duped by Obama)...maybe they will be reminded that unlike God in Heaven, Obama will change his "truth" to appeal/attract mere votes. Hope you and Susan have a blessed day.