As we move along, in his life, we stumble into new concepts, new information and new people that make us change our minds, perspectives and inclinations.
Sometimes, we don’t stumble into this stuff; we go out actively looking for it. We move beyond known to unknown, in search of the truth and meaning. And this alters our positions about various things in life.
For humans, change is a must. There is what I may call negative change – changing to become wicked/evil, and positive change – changing to become good/a doer of good deeds. In either way, we are constantly changing, though not always insistently.
There are many things I held unto tightly, but with time abandoned them. There are many things I ignored, but now I regard them highly.
That is life. It is good to embrace positive change. Acquire relevant information. Know the truth from falsehood. You don’t have to move with masses, you can eschew the bandwagon. You can always be unique. You do not have to praise what people are praising. You do not have to discredit what people are discrediting.
I change because I am not perfect. I am not all-knowing. I am always ready to learn and unlearn.
The unchanging God
However, there is an Immutable One! His name is the Ancient of Days. He does not change His nature. His character, knowledge, and existence are without variation.
God has always been everywhere all the time. He has always been holy, divine, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and pure. These things cannot change in God since they are aspects of His nature.
One of the natural reasoning steps toward the belief in an immutable God is because before God was immutable and unchanging, He was perfect. So it was a natural logical inference to assume that if God is perfect, He is also immutable. In that a functionally perfect God does not change, for if a perfect God did change, it would be a direct change to his State of Perfection. For why would a perfect God ever need or want to make any changes.
If God wasn’t Immutable, then honestly speaking, I would abandon the faith and become an ardent sceptic. This is because we cannot trust a God who keeps changing. But we thank Jehovah because His love and attributes are the execution of His decrees in time, not unpredictable reactions to men. God’s mercy presupposes the immutability of God and divine impassibility, God’s mercy cannot be everlasting if God is mutable.
Numbers 23:19 – God is not man, one given to lies, and not a son of man changing his mind. Does he speak and not do what he says? Does he promise and not come through?
Hebrews 6:1 – God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable.
Malachi 3:6 – “I am God – yes, I Am. I haven’t changed. And because I haven’t changed, you, the descendants of Jacob, haven’t been destroyed.
Keep on learning and unlearning. After all, you are not Omniscient. Purpose every day to learn something new about your worldview. Make it a point to know Him every day (Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,).
Psalm 18”21-22: Now I’m alert to God’s ways; I don’t take God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick.