The Knowledge of the Holy: God’s Immutability
[Editor’s Note: This is a 23-Day Series exploring different aspects of God’s nature and personality, using Tozer’s “The Knowledge of the Holy” as a discussion starter. You can read the introduction of the series here.]
Today’s chapter features another one of those attributes of God that seems to bleed over from some of the others. God’s immutability simply means that God doesn’t mutate or change. Because God is eternal, however He appears to us now is how He will appear to us throughout history, forever. Not only does God appear to us unchanged throughout history, though, He never changes. God tells the prophet Malachi this very clearly: “I am the Lord, and I do not change…” (Malachi 3:6).
That God is immutable, Tozer tells us, means that God cannot differ from Himself. To change would mean to admit some kind of defect in the Godhead. If God went from bad to better, it would mean God was at one point bad. If God went from better to worse, that would mean God would decrease in His glory. And God certainly is not now more mature than he was thousands of years ago. There is no maturing God described in Scripture.
We come to value and understand God’s immutability when we compare him to man who is always changing. Man is constantly changing, sometimes from worse to better, sometimes from better to worse, and sometimes just maturing. But the old saying is true for man: “Change is the only constant in life.” In this there is hope. God, in His perfection, never changes, nor does He need to. But God uses change for man to offer the hope of a different life, centered around His Son. That change is possible in man and impossible with God is the hope of the Christian life.
As I thought about this reality, I remembered how the writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus Christ is the same, “yesterday, today, and forever,” (Hebrews 13:8). What we can take away from this, though, is that Jesus (and by extension the whole of God) feels the same way about us and our circumstances that He felt about things when He was here on Earth. He’s not capricious, talking one way and acting another. Instead, He is faithful and true. We can always count on Him to be a sympathetic high priest towards us. And that is what can give us confidence and boldness to approach Him in our time of need.
Most of us know people who we couldn’t trust to remain the same. They would act one way in front of us and another when we were gone. Or we know people who act reliably aweful. But God is always the same and because He is good and full of love, we can draw near to Him, trust Him, in a way that is difficult for us to do with another here on Earth.
So spend some time today, enjoying Him for who He is, knowing He will never change. He is always constant and His love for you will never wane.
Those are my thoughts. Let us know yours in the comment section.
It’s not to late for you to join in with us. You can catch up in the posts below:
The Knowledge of the Holy Series
Day 9: The Immutability of God
Day 10: The Divine Omniscience
Day 11: The Wisdom of God
Day 12: The Omnipotence of God
Day 13: The Divine Transcendence
Day 14: God’s Omnipresence
Day 15: The Faithfulness of God
Day 16: The Goodness of God
Day 17: The Justice of God
Day 18: The Mercy of God
Day 19: The Grace of God
Day 20: The Love of God
Day 21: The Holiness of God
Day 22: The Sovereignty of God
Day 23: The Open Secret