I am a teacher. I am a diligent, devoted, well prepared teacher, except for when I’m not.
I am a loyal and helpful friend, well, at least until I am a selfish and hateful one. I am an independent, contented, unmarried woman, except on days when I cry by myself in insecurity and wonder what is wrong with me that I haven’t gotten picked. I am a happy, dedicated church member until I am a disgruntled one complaining about the air conditioning. I am organized, disciplined, and orderly, except for when I can’t find my glasses, don’t have clean spoons for my cereal, oh, and forgot to buy cereal. I am upbeat, active, creative, and generous until I am selfish, thoughtless, lazy, and down.
I am changeable. Oh so changeable. God is not.
James 1:17 teaches us that “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.” The Holy Spirit affirmed to us through the words of James that our Creator is unlike His creation. The Father of the heavenly lights made them to shift and change, but He is constant. He is unchanging. He declared as much in Malachi 3:6, “For I, the LORD, do not change...”
Imagine how unimaginable this truth truly is. We change year to year, month to month, day to day - and sometimes minute to minute and back again! We have no expectation of staying the same. But our God is ALWAYS the same, and that is what we should expect! He is perfect, and who He is, He is eternally.
We never catch Him on a bad day - He is unchangeably kind, unchangeably loving, unchangeably holy, unchangeably just, unchangeably merciful, unchangeably compassionate, unchangeably giving, unchangeably intentional; He is unchangeably unchangeable.
Because He is who He says He is, forever; we can trust that the gospel of Jesus Christ is immutably ours - for our salvation and for our today.
Consider how this eternal truth shapes your next conversation with our Heavenly Father.