Here in Western NY, we experience 4 seasons. The world around us is constantly changing. Nothing stays the same. Snow falls and melts. Flowers blossom and wilt. Temperatures rise and fall. Leaves change colors and drop. Each day brings something new! We, humankind, are like the seasons. From the time we are born until the time we die, we are always changing.
The same is not true about God. God is immutable. He is incapable of any kind of change and remains unchanging for all of eternity. This is great news for us because if God is unchanging then His Word is also unchanging. And that is something we can have confidence in.
The God who was is the God who is. The God who is is the God who is to come. The God who is to come is the God who was.– None Like Him, Jen Wilkin
What God defines as sinful, will always be sinful. What God declares as good, will always be good. And when God says that nothing will ever separate us from His love, we can rest in knowing that He follows through on every promise. (Romans 8:38-39) Everything that God has ever said will come true.
Not only is God unchanging, but He also has no limits. He possesses ultimate power because He is sovereign. God is free to do what He wants. He does not need permission. Job 42:2 summarizes this principle perfectly, “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you…” God controls all things, big and small.
As parents, Dave and I have established rules and boundaries for our children. We expect those rules to be obeyed and for our kiddos to stay within the safeness of the set boundaries. Yet, what is the first thing they try and do? Fight us for control. Our kids believe that we are in the wrong and that they, in their limited perception, know what is best. While the consequences for disobedience is not enjoyable it does teach a valuable lesson: The authority we have over our children, the decisions we make, are grounded in love.
It may seem like a silly example, but don’t we act the same way towards God? We break His rules and ignore His boundaries. Then we get angry and upset when we are forced to deal with the consequences. When, all along, those rules and boundaries were created, out of love, to protect us. Just as our children are limited in their knowledge, we are also limited in ours. The only absolute thing in our lives is God’s plan for us.
Let’s fight to only be in charge of the things we can actually control, our thoughts and attitude and words and actions, and surrender everything else – allowing our immutable and sovereign God to direct our paths. We may not know what the future brings, but the all powerful Creator of the universe is unchanging in His love toward us and that alone should ease our anxious hearts and fill us with hope!
This series was inspired by Jen Wilkin’s book, None Like Him. If you have enjoyed learning about the ways God is different from us then please consider reading Wilkin’s book.
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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. – Hebrews 13:8 NLT
And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” – Revelation 21:5 NLT
This series is inspired by Jen Wilkin. For a more detailed look at how God is immutable and sovereign, read chapters 6 and 10 from None Like Him.