An old saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in North Dakota, then just wait a few minutes.” This saying seems to extend far beyond ND weather. In his book, In Search of Balance, Dr. Richard Swenson wrote the past 250 years has witnessed more change than all the previous millennia combined. World politics and economics are in a constant state of flux. Scientific research and computer power increase at exponential rates. Everything seems to be changing, even our definitions of right and wrong, good and evil, truth and deception.
One thing, or rather one Person, never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Everything about God is steadfast and secure including His character, values, opinions, authority, love, and holiness. God’s immutable nature is the target of modern critics. They argue for a God of change whose definition of righteousness must follow public opinion. “Never mind the Bible,” they say, “God can’t possibly still be against premarital sex, homosexuality, or even little white lies.” But our God is immutable. He does not change, and neither do His definitions of right and wrong. This is a problem for those who want to live like hell and go to heaven anyway. It is a problem for those who embrace sin and yet want God pleased with them.
The world struggles against an unchanging God, but God’s people should find deep peace in His immutability. Holiness and righteousness are not moving targets. We never have to wonder about the definition of good and evil. They are found in the very nature of God, and He recorded it in the Bible for us to read and study. We confidently rely on God’s promises, because they are likewise secure. God’s love is steadfast and true. He offers grace and mercy to those who turn to Christ in faith (Acts 3:19). Our God is resolute, and therefore we are able to find rest in Him.
I love our immutable God. I am grateful He is changing me and not the other way around.
Isa 5:16, 20 – 16 But the LORD of hosts will be exalted in judgment, and the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness. … 20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!