Friday, November 18, 2011

Our Unchanging God

"Of old You founded the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
Even they will perish, but You endure;
And all of them will wear out like a garment;
Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.
But You are the same,
And Your years will not come to an end."
Psalm 102:25-27

Businessman and author Philip Crosby once said, "If anything is certain, it is that change is certain. The world we are planning for today will not exist in this form tomorrow." I doubt too many people would argue with Crosby's view. Things in this world do change rapidly. Technology, commerce, politics, education, relationships -- you name it. But no matter how much the world changes, God never will. All that He is, He has always been and always will be. God can't change because He is perfect and will remain so. Theologians call this the "immutability" of God. "[God] exists forever, and is always the same. He does not grow older. His life does not wax or wane. He does not gain new powers nor lose those that He once had. He does not mature or develop. He does not get stronger, or weaker, or wiser, as time goes by. God is immutable and can never cease to be what He is." – J.I. Packer, Knowing God 
What a comfort to know that this God in whom we trust will never change. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)

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