Saturday, September 27, 2008

God Unchanging

We're talking about different attributes of God in our junior high discipleship groups, and tomorrow is the immutability of God--that God doesn't change. Initially, this sounds like a bad thing. When we think of people who don't change, the words stubborn, inflexible, or obstinate come to mind. Or it could mean that God is boring, like an unemotional divine robot. Even for my own personality, a lack of change means I'm not truly living.

Yet the fact that God is unchanging should bring us hope. In a year with hurricanes, political elections, and economic strife (and that's just America's issues; I could go on and on about turmoil in other areas of our global community), we can find a sense of security in the fact that God is our constant. He is stubborn in the sense that He stubbornly loves us. He is inflexible in that He refuses to give up on humanity. But He isn't a divine robot; He calls us into a dynamic and vibrant kingdom that is far from boring. And this kingdom is centered around change--it's called repentance and sanctification. He's an unchanging God who is active in an ever-changing world.

The book of Hebrews says that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And for a junior high student who lives in a rapidly changing and uncertain world, a God who is constant can be a comforting truth.

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