”In earlier times you established the earth; the skies are your handiwork. They will perish, but you will endure. They will wear out like a garment; like clothes you will remove them and they will disappear. But you remain.” Psalm 102:25-27
The world seems to be changing right before our eyes. Climate change experts affirm this in our natural world. (Now that topic has been lost in the headlines as of late.) Polar caps are melting, true. Shorelines are receding, true. And a whole lot of other evidences that the natural world we walk on is transforming. Why? Specialists wrangle over the reasons, be it natural, human induced or both.
It’s a fact that our planet is in a state of transmutation. Physically, it is in a state of decay. (Second law of thermodynamics.) Economically, wealth is always moving. Usually from our pockets to others. (That’s not a bad thing as long as there’s a matching inflow.) Socially, we just won’t be the same coming out of quarantine. (And that doesn’t have to be a bad thing either.) Change can be and is very often good, at least on this side of eternity. Paul marks the necessity of this fact.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2 NIV
We must change but God does not. He is not in a state of alteration. He cannot change. He will not change. His will is not a moving target. He is not elusive. He doesn’t need to be fixed He is fixed. (anchored in who He is) He may be incomprehensible, to us, still He never changes. He is immutable. He is the only constant. He is perpetually enduring. He is, well, never changing. Immutability
Physically, economically, socially, etymologically (note the image above) as well as all the other ally’s, we are changing. But, theologically speaking, God is not. God is unchanging in the perfection of his character, nature, purposes, and promises
Stephen Charnock most aptly reminds us in his book, “The Existence and Attributes of Gods,”
All change ends in addition or diminution; if anything be added, he was not infinite before, if anything be diminished, he is not infinite after. All change implies bounds and limits to that which is changed; but God is infinite; “His greatness is unsearchable:” we can add number to number without any end, and can conceive an infinite number; yet the greatness of God is beyond all our conceptions.
During your time of lockdown, how about spending some of that time confined to knowing more about our loving, gracious and eternally unchanging God. Let’s be informed. Let’s be encouraged. Let’s be changed.
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