Today's Word of Encouragement
May 11, 2020
THE ETERNAL, IMMUTABLE, UNCHANGING WORD OF GOD
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven (Psalms 119:89).
Someone once said, “The only thing constant in the universe is change.” Not so with the Word of God. It is forever settled, it forever stands. The ‘Lamedh’ (L) section of Psalm 119 (vv. 89-96) declares it so.
What God has ordained as His moral law will always remain His moral law. What He has affirmed will always remain true. What He has promised will come to pass. Period. How is that so? Because God is always faithful (v. 90). ‘Immutability’ defines God’s character - He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Arthur Pink wrote, "However unstable I may be, however fickle my friends may prove, God changes not. If He varied as we do, if He willed one thing today and another tomorrow, if He were controlled by caprice, who could confide in Him? But, all praise to His glorious name, He is ever the same. His purpose is fixed, His will is stable, His word is sure." That’s why King David could ‘delight’ (shashooah: enjoy, take pleasure in) in God and His Word (v. 92).
It’s a well-known fact that man’s first response to change is predominantly negative. But change has to take place. Time moves on, we grow up and older, progress is inevitable. But there’s something to be said for God's immutability. To know that God does not change, He is faithful to His word, His promises, His principles, from generation to generation, down through the ages, is of great comfort to all who know Him.
Man's teachings change so often that there is never time for them to be settled. My Greek language professor in college prided himself in saying, “My theology changes from day to day,” but God’s Word is from of old the same, and will remain unchanged eternally. “God writes with a pen that never blots, speaks with a tongue that never slips, acts with a hand that never fails.” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon). Amen.