If you long for consistency, here is an ironically consistent principle: Change is a fact of life on earth. It’s the essence of our existence so we might as well get used to it. The earth itself was changed from its original state by the Fall of Man (Genesis 3:17-19). It groans under the weight of the curse of sin (Romans 8:22) and will continue to do so until it’s destroyed and replaced by a new earth (2 Peter 3:13).
Human beings are in a constant state of change. The moment we are born we begin to age. As we age, other changes come along. Everyone over fifty knows what I’m talking about! In today’s fast-paced society people are constantly on the move. Multiple career changes are common. Relationship come and go. Relocations are the new normal. No one seems to stay in one place for long.
When it comes to technology we are talking hyper-change. I used to sit in front of my fireplace and watch the flames consume the wood from the log pile in the backyard. Now I sit in my living room, turn on my smart TV, and watch Netflix’s Fireplace For Your Home. Really?!
As we search for stability in an ever-changing world, we wonder if there is an unchanging reality anywhere. There is! God said so Himself, “I am the LORD, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6). The theological term is Immutability. That God is immutable means that God not only does not change, but cannot change. As the great “I AM THAT I AM,” God is forever the same.
God’s nature will never change. Change is either for the better or for the worse. As A.W. Pink noted in his book, The Attributes of God, “He cannot change for the better, for He is already perfect; and, being perfect, He cannot change for the worse.”
Neither can God’s personality change. He is who He is all the time. That’s good news because it means everything that is true about God is true all the time. God’s immutability defines every other attribute. God is immutably all-powerful, infinite, wise, merciful, good, loving, etc. As the Hebrew writer declared, He is “the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”
As we “watch the old year die with a fond goodbye,” let’s set our future hopes on this eternal truth. We serve an immutable God. “You remain the same, and Your years will never end” (Psalm 102:27). God is the one constant in an ever-changing world. He’s the rock that never fails, “Let me hide myself in Thee.”
Pastor Todd Weston