A sign in the window of a restaurant in Clearwater, Florida, is part digital, counting down the hours, minutes, and seconds to sunset. They’re inviting people to view the sunset while enjoying food and beverages at their restaurant.
The sunset countdown clock reminded me just how predictable the sun is with its rising and setting. The sun doesn’t have anything over the moon, the lesser light that rules at night, for it too is absolutely predictable in its rising and setting and, with the cooperation of the sun, its monthly cycle from full moon to full moon.
There’s not only predictable movement with the macrocosm of sun, moon, and stars too, but also within the microcosm of atoms and their subatomic particles. That countdown clock in the restaurant window had it down to the second when the sun would set. What is a second? A second in time is measured to be the time it takes a cesium-133 atom to oscillate 9,192,631,770 times. Okay, now my head is the object that’s oscillating! All of this to say that God’s built a great deal of predictability into His creation, a major principle that science depends on to describe natural laws, make hypotheses, explain things, and make predictions.
The predictability of nature is because God, the creator of nature, is predictable. He’s always the same, He never changes. Theologians have a fancy word for this attribute of God, immutable. Is your head oscillating again?
Believe it or not (and I hope you believe it), the fact that God’s immutable, that He never changes, means He can be counted on, that He’s dependable. He’s predicable in that He will always, yes, always, do what is good and right because He can be no other way!
God never is in a bad mood. He’s absolutely consistent, being consistently good. Yes, God is good all the time and all the time God is good! In our lives in which everything is always changing, and not always for the better, it’s good to have a personal relationship with God who never changes, who is always faithful!
“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