God Is Dependable!

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A man bragged about the antique ax he owned. He said, “The ax head has been replaced once and the handle replaced three times, but other than that it’s the very same ax my great-great-grandfather used.” In reality, nothing was the same about the ax.

It’s been said that the only thing that never changes is the fact that everything changes. The beard I have may appear the same as it was a year ago, but it’s not. Over the last 12 months I’ve trimmed off the original hair that I sported a year ago. It’s a new and different beard. It’s not just my beard that’s changed, I keep changing in a multitude of ways, and so do you.

The fact that we are ever changing people, especially when it comes to our moods, makes for challenging relationships. Then, too, our circumstances are always changing, demanding our need to be constantly adjusting and adapting. It can make for insecure living!

Those of us who believe in God can take great comfort and find great confidence for daily living in the fact that one of God’s amazing attributes is that He’s unchanging. The fancy theological word for this is immutable. God never mutates! “I the Lord do not change…” Malachi 3:6a.

God can’t change for the worse, because He can’t be other than being perfect. He can’t change for the better, because He’s already the best He can be. God doesn’t have moods that can change at a whim; He never has a bad day. Neither does God change His will or His purposes.

But does God ever change His responses? Does He “change His mind”? There are many scriptures where God decides not to judge a nation or people because they listened to God’s prophet and repented. Also, if our prayer requests to God have any value at all, it’s because He responds to them.

However, God is unchanging in His nature and in His purposes. This means that God can be counted on, depended on. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. He’s the same God for us today as He was for the people of the Old Testament and for the people of the New Testament. Yes, God is unchanging, and aren’t we glad He is!

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

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