The Immutability of God

Malachi 3:6 (ESV)
“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed."

If I stop and consider what I personally hope would be a result of the blog posts I write, it would be that in some small way they inspire the reader to engage in more robust Bible study on their own and develop a renewed sense of a desire to know the Godhead even more than before.

For when we focus more on knowing God, we cannot help but be put in our proper place. Studying God helps us improve our minds and expands our souls, while reminding us that we are but the created, and that the Almighty is supreme in every way. We become humbled.

While the substance of things of this earth (including us) are constantly changing, God does not. Our feeble bodies deteriorate over time, giving way to disease and disability, while our Lord remains the same. No aging, no degradation, nothing. The God who formed the universe, the God who breathed life into Adam, the God who hung on a cross, is the same God who asks you to believe in Him today.

His attributes are as they have always been. He is unchanged in His wisdom and there is nothing new for Him to learn. His ways are just and holy, just as they have always been. And while many in today’s society seek new versions of truth, God’s Truth is never-changing. His love for us does not diminish despite our constant failings. Whatever wavering human attribute you can think of about us, you cannot apply such a fate to God. “I am Jehovah, I change not.”

While we are known for changing our plans all of the time, God does not. He is the Alpha and the Omega and knows everything from beginning to end. Whatever our choices, His plans will never be thwarted. God is sovereign.

Perhaps it is in the sweet promises of God where most of us long to dwell on. The promises of God are unchanging even as man continues to drown in sinful behavior. His love can cover any sin, and it is this reason why we must approach the Throne of Grace with a broken and contrite heart. We change, we vacillate between holy living and living as though we are a prominent citizen of Sodom, yet God remains faithful and unchanging.

But for those who remain in the city limits of Sodom, God’s unchanging nature is not such a pleasant thing to dwell on. The death knell of a carnal life serves as a reminder that “He that does not believe shall be damned” (Mark 16:16). This is a decree that will not change regardless of how model a citizen you are in Sodom; how good your works are or how nice you are to strangers.

Those whom God called, he will justify; whom he has justified, he will sanctify; and whom he sanctifies, he will glorify.

God will not change. The question is, will you?