The Immutable God

Isn’t it interesting how things change? Istanbul of Turkey used to be Constantinople; Beijing of China used to be Peking and Mumbai of India was Bombay.

I am also reminded that Russia used to be the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; Congo as Zaire; Sri Lanka as Ceylon; Myanmar as Burma; Iran as Persia and Ethiopia as Abyssinia.

We have plants which were but no longer are, and animals which lived but no longer do. Some lands were covered in snow but it melted away with time. Scientists say that the Earth’s climate has been changing gradually. They attribute this to many factors majorly anthropogenic.

Things change. People change too. I am no longer the way I was ten or even five years ago. I am sure people who saw me fifteen years ago are likely to notice vivid physical changes in me. We all change. Our bodies with time go through modifications. We become frail as our sunset days start beckoning. Just before we know it our lives ebb away like the morning due.

As we travel along the winding road of life, every so often we stagger into new stuff, new information and new people that make us change our minds, perspectives, and even inclinations.

At times, we don’t stumble upon new things, but we rather go out to actively look for them. We move from known to unknown, in search of truth and new worlds. The result is a changed mind and perhaps a lifestyle.

Change in humans adorns two attires: There is what I may call negative attire – that is the putrefying evil punctuating every crevice and crack on the earth’s surface. Then there is the positive attire – which is the aromatic good dotting every corner and course way on the earth. In either way, we are constantly changing, though not always insistently.

There are many positions I adopted and clung to tightly but later abandoned them hastily. There are many things I disregarded in the past, but now I cherish and hold onto them dearly.

C’est la vie. It is good to hug positive change; acquire relevant information and isolate truth from falsehood. You don’t have to move with the masses, you can eschew the bandwagon. You can choose to be the only one standing tall. We do not have to praise what people are praising or discredit what they are discrediting.

I embrace change because I am not perfect. I am neither all-knowing nor all-powerful.

The Unchanging One

There is only one being who happens to be Immutable! His name is the Ancient of Days. He does not change in His nature. His personality, knowledge and being are without discrepancy.

The Omnipresent has made it a point of being everywhere at all time. His attributes of holiness, divinity, and purity are incontrovertible. They are the things which cannot change in the Sovereign Being for they are facets of His nature.

This God was already perfect before He was immutable and unchanging. Thus it is logical to state that if God is perfect then He is also immutable. A perfect God cannot change for if He changes then His perfection will be part of that change. In any case, why would a perfect Being need a change or an overhaul?

If this God wasn’t Immutable, then honestly speaking, I would abandon the faith and become something else. This is because I cannot trust a God who keeps changing; He says this today and tomorrow says something else. He would just be another politician. But we thank Jehovah since His love and attributes are the accomplishments of His judgments in time, not unforeseen rejoinders to men. 

God’s mercy takes for granted the immutability of God and deific impassibility, God’s mercy cannot be eternal if God is capricious.

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 the Worldview you subscribe to. 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.

He is indeed an immutable God. That is why we trust Him.

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