“The Immutability of God”
The Knowledge of the Holy
“O Christ our Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. As cronies to their rock, we have we run to Thee for safety; as birds from their wanderings, so have we flown to Thee for peace. Chance and change are busy in our little world of nature and men, but in Thee we find no variableness nor shadow of tuning. We rest in Thee without fear or doubt and face our tomorrows without anxiety. Amen.”
To say that God is immutable is to say that he never changes. The concept of Him growing or developing in His greatness is not found in scriptures. The fact that He is perfect in every way rules out any such possibility. He cannot change for the better.
“Since He is perfectly holy, He has never been less holy than He is now and can never be holier than He is and has always been.”
And while this might be a concept we take for granted, He neither can change for the worse.
All that He is has always been and will always be.
“The immutability of God appears in its most perfect beauty when viewed against the mutability of men. In God no change is possible; in men change is impossible to escape.” Time, seasons, change, and motion are of familiar frustration to the human heart. Many approach the reality of change with a sharp cynicism, using humor and whit to mask the pang of heartache that follows our elements constantly readjusting. Others face and accept man’s mutability with hope and confidence, for they have found the cure for the great sickness; God they say changes not.
“The law of mutation belongs to a fallen world, but God is immutable, and in Him men of faith find at last eternal permanence. In the meanwhile change works for the children of the kingdom, not against them. The changes that occur in them are wrought by the hand of the in-living Spirit.” We are changed from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord, and in that security comes our confidence, even in the face of change.
In a fallen world, we will always crave an eternal permanence, and feel heartache at the passing of familiar things. However, we have much to be thankful in the treasure of change we experience in this life. The divine exchange of an old life for a new life, beauty for ashes, tears for laughter, mourning for dancing. This very ability to change in the light of grace is cause for much thanksgiving. God is in the business of restoration through the vehicle of change.
“God makes full use of change and through a succession of changes arrives at permanence at last.”
A.W. Tozer says it best:
“In this world where men forget us, change their attitude toward us as their private interests dictate, and revise their opinion of us for the slightest cause, is it not a source of wondrous strength to know that the God with whom we have to do changes not? That His attitude toward us now is the same as it was in eternity past and will be in eternity to come?
What peace it brings to the Christian’s heart to realize that our Heavenly Father never differs from Himself. In coming to Him at any time we need not wonder whether we shall find Him in a receptive mood. He is always receptive to misery and need, as well as to love and faith. He does not keep office hours nor set aside periods when He will see no one. Neither does He change His mind about anything. Today, this moment, He feels toward HIs creatures, toward babies, toward the sick, the fallen, the sinful, exactly as He did when He sent HIs only-begotten Son into the world to die for mankind.
God never changes moods or cools off in HIs affections or loses enthusiasm. His attitude toward sin is now the same as it was when He drove out the sinful man from the eastward garden, and His attitude toward the sinner the same as when He stretched forth His hands and cried, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.””
Everything is changing, but you never change.