. . . He is not a man that He should change His mind.

(1 Sam. 15:29)

Recently, I had a computer problem that took several days to fix. It was a reminder that my routine is really not as stable as I think. As long as things operate as we expect, we are able to move along rather smoothly. But even a simple glitch, like the one I experienced, has a rippling effect that creates additional complications.

This is just a minor example of the uncertain nature of our plans, but it reminds us that we are susceptible to influences that we do not control. By contrast, consider the words of the prophet quoted above. These words were spoken by Samuel as he informed Saul that God had rejected him as king. This is one of many verses that declare one of God’s marvelous attributes. In systematic theology, this characteristic of God is known as His immutability. Simply put, this term means that God does not and cannot change.

God’s nature does not change; His plans do not change. His decree, His promises, His commandments, and all other expressions of God’s will are eternally correct and dependable. For the believer, this is a greatly encouraging truth, particularly when you consider your relationship with God. Whatever God has said to you or about you, as one of His children, is firm. You have and always will have the standing God has given you in Christ. You are a child of God and always will be a child of God. In Christ, you have been redeemed and you will always be redeemed. In Christ, your sins have been forgiven and will always be forgiven. And you will assuredly receive whatever God has promised you. The unchanging nature of God guarantees it.

The next time something does not unfold as you expected or you are suddenly faced with an unforeseen and unpleasant change in circumstances, remember the constancy of God. By doing this, you will keep the disappointments, surprises, and interruptions of life in proper perspective.