In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Psalm 102:25-26
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Psalm 33:11
Even though it is important to talk about God’s love, justice and all of His other attributes, there is one that is absolutely critical in our ability to trust God – His unchanging nature. We tend to only trust things that we believe are consistently true. We do not trust something that we feel moves and changes.
If what we believe about God determines what we trust Him with, then we must see Him as unchanging above all else. Why? God’s love, justice, providence and all His other attributes provide no security or foundation if they are inconsistent.
If we think God’s love is unpredictable then we won’t trust His love. If we think God’s mercy is erratic then we won’t trust His mercy. If we think God’s grace is fickle, we won’t trust His grace.
We must learn to rest in the fact that God’s character does not change. There are implications to this reality. God’s unchanging nature means that His attributes are perfect. He can’t become less loving or more loving. The extent of His wrath, justice and faithfulness are all complete. Nothing can be added or subtracted from them. If there were things that God did not know, He couldn’t be all-knowing. If there were things God could not do, He would not be all-powerful. His consistency is the glue that holds together all the other attributes. It is at the core of all others.
An unchanging God that is revealed in His Word logically means that His Word is also unchanging. Scripture teaches us that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. This gives us clarity on what it means to follow Him. We don’t have to guess.
Often times we spend more time listening to ourselves than listening to God. Tuning our ears to the wrong voice, we begin to doubt His promises are true. But, they are. No matter the situations or problems you are facing today, God says He is with you. No matter who may forsake you, He is with you through thick and thin.
In this ever-changing world, we must cling to His promises. As we do, we will find purpose in our pain. We experience freedom from our past as well as hope for our future. He is with us. He is our firm foundation and we know that God is working all things together for the good. Because we believe God is unchanging, we can freely trust. We are free to trust in His word and how He has revealed Himself to us. We can trust Him despite our changing world.
- What security is found in trusting in God’s unchanging nature?
God, thank you that in the midst of this ever-changing world I can cling to Your promises. Your truth remains the same. Your character can be trusted and counted on. You are the security I long for and today I am grateful. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.