Many have learnd the Biblical truth of God’s unchanging nature. Moses calls God the Rock (Deuteronomy 32:4) and the Apostle James (the brother of Jesus) calls God, “the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17). This is basic truth about God. 101 kind of stuff. But have you ever wondered what the unchanging nature of God (the theological term is immutability) means for our lives?
There are many answers we can give, but allow me to introduce two that aren’t often thought of. In his short and masterful book, The Attributes of God, A.W. Pink explains two consequences of God’s unchanging nature for the believer and the non-believer.
Pink explains that the unchanging nature of God is a…
Solid comfort for the believer. “Herein is solid comfort. Human nature cannot be relied upon; but God can! However unstable I may be, however fickle my friends may prove, God changes not. If he varied as we do, if he willed one thing today and another tomorrow, if he were controlled by caprice, who could confide in him? But, all praise to his glorious name, he is ever the same. His purpose is fixed, his will is stable, his word is sure. Here then is a rock on which we may fix our feet, while the mighty torrent is sweeping away everything around us. The permanence of God’s character guarantees the fulfillment of his promises: ‘For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, nether shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee’ (Isa. 54:10).”
Terrifying promise for the non-believer. “Herein is terror for the wicked. Those who defy him, who break his laws, who have no concern for his glory, but who live their lives as though he existed not, must not suppose that, when at the last they shall cry to him for mercy, he will alter his will, revoke his word, and rescind his awful threatenings. No, he has declared, ‘Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them’ (Ezek. 8:18). God will not deny himself to gratify their lusts. God is holy, unchangingly so. Therefore God hates sin, eternally hates it. Hence the eternality of the punishment of all who die in their sins.” (Taken from The Attributes of God, p. 50, Kindle Edition).
God is not in the business of changing and this has mass implications for every person on the face of this earth. For those who have taken refuge in Jesus, His promises will prevail. For those who still reject His Son today, so will His justice.