The Unchanging God

Someone posted on Facebook recently about how God is constantly evolving, and since we’re made in His image, that means we should be okay with us constantly changing. I agree with the second part. Not so much with the first.

I believe that God is the one unchanging constant in a world full of turmoil, chaos, and upheaval. He’s the one rock I cling to in a sea of shifting sand. If I strive to keep Him at the center, He will keep all the pieces of my life in orbit from flying apart.

For something to evolve means that it has room to improve, not one who is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving. To me, that’s making God in my image rather than me being in His. I would classify such a deity as a god with a little g rather than God. Such a being would not be one that I’d want to serve or to trust with my life.

In the Bible, all God’s promises are staked on His character. If His character is not static but in flux and changing, then none of His promises are sure. There is no certainty of heaven or even of good ultimately triumphing over evil. There is no guarantee that all the wrongs will one day be made right or that we will ever see our lost loved ones again. There is no reason to believe that throughout all our lives God will still love us or keep us in His care and never leave us or forsake us.

One of God’s name that He has chosen to reveal Himself by is I AM. That speaks to permanence and unchanging. That is the God of Abraham, of Isaac, of Jacob. That is the God who became incarnate in the person of Jesus. That is same God from the garden of Eden in Genesis to the heavenly city in Revelation. That is the God I believe in.

Though I may not always understand His ways, I can trust His heart. I may not be able to fathom His actions, but I know everything He does flows from an unchanging and constant character of goodness and love and holiness. I can speak the words of Job, “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him,” because I know He will always act and speak for His glory and my good. Always.

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