Traits of God – Unchanging
For 27 years my dad and I hunted elk in the same general area of North Idaho. Each year, in the late spring, we would load our 4 wheelers and head up to begin scouting for the coming fall. First, we would walk down some of our hunting trails to check out the damage that winter had done. We often found old, dead trees that had finally succumbed to winter’s harsh blow no longer standing, but now blocking our trails.
I remember one year in particular we were riding on our 4 wheelers and multiple massive trees had broken off and made areas of the trail impassable without major equipment. I was amazed at how snow drifting, wind and the other winter elements could bring such massive trees down.
Other times we found areas that drastically changed not from death, but life. A once wide-open space became covered or blocked because of new growth. The life cycle continued on, and after 27 years we began to expect the changes. Some years there was a drought that impacted the landscape, other years massive snow melt run-off eroded a hillside. Every year something changed and it was just part of scouting the terrain.
I like change. I find myself easily bored if life becomes routine. Change is something I love about God’s creation. Seasons change, weather changes and even terrain is altered. One thing that never changes though is the CREATOR. He is unchanging!
My fifth character trait of God is that He is unchanging, immutable. A great comfort we can take as disciples of Jesus Christ is that we follow a God that does not change. In our most difficult times, through the storms of life He is still the same. No trauma or tragedy changes His position. His promises, His nature, His Character are unchanged by our thoughts or behavior. No decision we make will alter God in any way. Psalm 90:2 says that before anything was created God was eternal and existed in the same state that He is in now. Malachi 3:6 says, “I am the Lord, I change not.”
God does not change. We find this truth many times in the Scriptures and it creates a confidence in those that follow. We can trust that when life seems to falter, or even fall apart, He does not. This should cause our worry to lessen and our trust in him to rise. As a dad, this helps me know that as I do my best to raise my kids they have a heavenly father that does not falter.
So for you, what are you worrying about? What changes in your life are causing you to doubt or in some way think God has changed? He hasn’t! He is unchanging and the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
Oh, and for those of you that asked me about last weeks blog…”What was the gift that your girls bought you?” The simple gift they bought for me because they know me and love me…York Peppermint Patties. It’s the simple things.