Wednesday, May 18, 2011

God, His Plan and His Gifts (Part 3)

The LORD'S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I have hope in Him." The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.  Lamentations 3:22-25

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures. (James 1:17-18)

God Is Immutable
The word immutable means that God is unchanging, completely reliable, always the same.  Through the prophet Malachi, the Lord declared, “I, the Lord, do not change” (3:6).  James adds that God is “the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”  As the “Father of lights,” he points to God as Creator, the one who made the lights in all their patterns of existence. 

The sun, moon, and stars vary in their projection of light by the rotation of the earth and the galaxy.  They experience surges in their intensity.  An eclipse can hide the light of the sun or the moon.  But God is unlike his creation, for he is unchanging, unvarying in the intensity of his gracious acts.  He is distinct from his creation in that the creation does not have the attributes of God.  God alone stands as the one who never changes.  The light of the sun will one day cease, but not the eternal light of God’s nature.

The Graeco-Roman world had grown accustomed to the fickle nature of its gods.  They might be favorable one day and angry the next.  The worshipers never knew if they were in the good graces of the gods.  But the eternal God has revealed himself as “I AM THAT I AM,” (Ex. 3:13ff), that is, he is the one who will be the same a billion years from now as he was in eternity past. 

He does not change and adjust His actions according to the changing of the millennium or the whims of the world.  He is unaffected by the movement of the solar system or the level of worship found across the globe.  He stands forever as the immutable God.  It is this God, revealed in Jesus Christ, in whom the believer finds the security of eternal salvation.  He does not save us one day, only to change his mind the next.  He does not forgive at one point, but dredge up the past sins again to torment us or to accuse us. 

The fact that God does not change brings great joy to our hearts as we remember His love.  It never changes and it never grows old for it meets us every day at the point of our living.  It is new every morning and as old as eternity!  

As the Father, so is the Son.  The writer of Hebrews expresses this in the simple statement, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (13:7)  The nature of God is the nature of Jesus Christ, His Son.  Our salvation is secured in His gift and His unchanging love.  Also, He has given us His Spirit as a down payment to because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  Romans 5:5  A trinity that never changes!
God is ready to face the new day with you and bring you every good and timely gift. 

Scripture to Claim:
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32)

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