We live in a world that is ever-changing. Fashions, trends, attitudes, and culture are continually changing like the shifting sands in the ocean’s surf. Every time I return to the land of my childhood something is different than the last time I visited. Once fertile fields are now covered with pavement where shopping centers have replaced rows of sugar beets or beans. Though change is a very real part of life, if we are honest, most of us struggle with it.
I believe that one reason that we are drawn to majestic mountain peaks or moved by the pounding surf at the ocean’s shore is that these are things, at least to our seeing, do not change. The mountain ranges that I admired in my childhood still look the same today some fifty years later. And, I can always count on the fact that the waves will be crashing and breaking against the rocks at my favorite beaches along the Northern California coast. I think that in these things we gain some sense of the eternal.
One of the attributes of God is His immutability, He does not change! Yesterday, today, and forever He is the same. He has never changed and can never change. For God to change He would either have to go from worse to better or from better to worse. He cannot do either. He is perfect in every respect therefore He cannot become more perfect. And, if He were to become less perfect, He would no longer be God.
In the midst of a shifting sands and changing winds world, God is indeed our unchangeable and immovable Rock. When I read His Word and of His dealings with men, I can count on the fact that what God revealed Himself to be in the scriptures, I can count on Him to be today. God’s ways do not change with time, His precepts are never out of fashion. What was true about God before the dawn of creation is still true about Him today. What the scriptures reveal of Him still is and always will be.
I find great comfort in the fact that God never changes. He is predictable. Black is black and white is white. In Him there is no darkness, He is pure light. I can count on Him. And when it appears to me that He has changed, I know deep in my heart that it is I who has changed, my attitude, my seeing, and my disposition. When I then confess that it is I who has moved or changed, He is there to faithfully help me regroup and set my anchor once again in my immovable and unchanging Lord.