Day 2

God Is Immutable

from the Attributes of God reading plan


Numbers 23:19, Psalm 102:25-28, Job 23:8-14, Malachi 3:1-6, Hebrews 6:13-19, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:16-18

BY She Reads Truth

God is unchanging in His being. His character and will are constant.

As humans, we speak the language of change. We are always seeking the next, the better, the unknown. Even if we prefer to hold change at an arm’s length, it is inevitable. The seasons shift, the stars fall, our numbered hairs fall out, and our hearts undergo the only constant we know—change.

The book of Ecclesiastes contains this famous refrain, charged with the impatience, discomfort, and hopefulness of our ever-changing lives:

There is an occasion for everything,
and a time for every activity under heaven:
a time to give birth and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to uproot (3:1–2).

We live our lives seemingly anchored to little more than change itself. And yet Scripture beckons us to drop our anchor and hold fast to the One who never changes.

Our God is unchangeable because He is perfect. Nothing can be added or taken away from Him. Everything He does is consistent with who He is. God’s promises are the same, and His ability to keep them will never waver. In Malachi 3, God tells His people: “Because I, the LORD, have not changed, you descendants of Jacob have not been destroyed” (v.6). In short, God’s immutability means we can count on Him, no matter what.

Job, whose life changed in dramatic and painful ways, knew God to be always true to His character. “He is unchangeable, who can oppose him?” he asked (Job 23:13). Job staked his hope—his life—on his belief that God will always be who He declares Himself to be and do what He says He will do.

Job’s hope is our hope.

Complete, unchangeable, perfect—this is our God. As the ancient doxology “Gloria Patri” declares:

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen.

Edited language of first paragraph on 2/5. Thanks for keeping us on our toes, Shes! 

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  1. Sarah Sheffield says:

    I loved my conversation with God through these passages, the desire is to be closer with him and through each of these works we can strive to know out God more. His ever consistent presence in all things acts as a model for me while growing closer to him and as a daughter in the kingdom. Our words have power so be intentional with what we say, and promise that which we can fulfill. Gods desire is for our hearts to be blessed and our kingdom to grow; we will never have that power he has but our consistent faith in Him can lead us to that which he wants us to have and pursue. Perfection is him, we only get to progress towards Him as he designed us this way. Truly a constant, foreverly perfect Father with intention behind all we do or do not see, feel or do not find.

  2. Julia Blythe says:

    I really needed this encouragement this morning! Thankful that in my ever-changing life, I can hold fast to the One that never changes & is always try to his character!

  3. Trinity Fields says:

    In the current world where there’s no security in anything or anyone I’m glad I can be secure in my God.

  4. Cayla Kline says:

    My family is going through a season of change. I opened SRT to dive into scripture. As a friend reminded me, His word won’t say “choose this” or “move there,” but His word can give you wisdom to choose well to better love and serve our Lord. This was so fitting that I decide to flip back to this study. What a great concept to bear in mind as my life is going through changes. Although change is constant for us, He is steadfast and sure. I find great comfort in that and peace in the truth— His will is unchangeable because He is perfect.

  5. Tomiko Boettcher says:

    My family has gone through so many different kinds of changes in the last few years. It’s too easy to forget about the one that is unchanging and the rock on which we stand. Yet he never forgets us. All the more reason to immerse ourselves in his word so that we don’t forget either.

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