”I the LORD do not change.” Malachi 3:6
As a parent, I have changed my mind many times. Sometimes it is because new information comes to light. Other times I realize I reacted impulsively or harshly. My kids learned at a young age that if they were persistent they could usually wear me down. I would give in because I either lost confidence in my reasoning process or I knew how much it meant to them.
God is Immutable
I’m glad God isn’t human and He doesn’t lose confidence in His decisions. He can not change because He is outside time. Change can only happen when you have a fixed point to measure against. I love the way these verses explain the vastness of God.
“YOU, LORD, IN THE BEGINNING, LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH,
AND THE HEAVENS ARE THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS;
THEY WILL PERISH, BUT YOU REMAIN;
AND THEY ALL WILL BECOME OLD LIKE A GARMENT,
AND LIKE A MANTLE YOU WILL ROLL THEM UP;
LIKE A GARMENT THEY WILL ALSO BE CHANGED.
BUT YOU ARE THE SAME,
AND YOUR YEARS WILL NOT COME TO AN END.”
No part of God can change
1. Nature – God is perfect. He doesn’t need anything. He is already the best of the best – He can’t improve. That means His mercy and love don’t change based on my efforts.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! (1 Chronicles 16:34)
2. Purposes – God is truth and has the power to accomplish what He says He will. Which means, when we are surrendered, He does what is best for us, even if we don’t realize it.
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.(Psalm 33:11)
3. Promises – God is the giver of good gifts. So, I can trust in God’s promises because He is good all the time and all the time He is good.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
Was there a time you changed your mind? How did it work out? Leave a comment below.
God, You are immutable, constant, stable, unchanging and unwavering. I can put my hope in you knowing you are a good God who gives good gifts to His children. Help me to remember when trials come to put my eyes on your unending love and look beyond my circumstances. I trust that what seems bad at the moment can in the long term plan be good. Because you never change you are trustworthy and I hope in you, my Savior and my God. Amen.