When I tell God I have an Apple on my desk at home does He think I mean a red, juicy fruit from the Garden of Eden?
If I inform God that I am going to grab a Red Bull does He picture me leading a big animal to the altar to be sacrificed?
Does God think Miley Cyrus is the younger sister of King Cyrus of Persia, who helped the Jews rebuild the temple?
Does God get a confused look on His face when I say things like internet, iPhone, nuclear fission or DirectTV?
My point? Sometimes I think we believe that God is stuck in the Old Testament. Okay, maybe we’ll concede He understands the New Testament times. But a lot has changed since then – and it continues to change – and quickly! Personally, just trying to keep up with the rapid progression of technology makes me feel like I am standing on quicksand. And with all the changes that have occurred in just the last 50 years, much more 50 centuries, it might seem at times that God probably hasn’t been able to keep up either, at which point it could be tempting to look elsewhere for something or someone to hold onto.
While it is true that God does not change (the fancy word here is “immutable”), He is not stuck. He has no problem understanding iPhones and DirectTV – after all, when you have created the entire universe, electronics are not going to be a challenge. However, while I it is good to know He is really smart, I am more thankful that His character remains consistent throughout history.
I am officiating at a funeral this Saturday. Life is changing for a family very dear to me. And I am so glad that I will be able to share with them that in the midst of all of it there is Someone to hold onto – God, who is rock-solid and never changes; God, who will comfort and strengthen them just as He did Abraham, Moses and Joshua; God, who remains the secure anchor in the storms of life.
He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow!
Pastor Dale will be sharing a message this Sunday about “Our Immutable God – the God Who Never Changes.” In preparation for our time of study this Sunday, let me encourage you to read the following verses:
- James 1:17 – God always gives good and perfect gifts because He is doesn’t have mood swings
- Malachi 3:6 – God did not destroy the descendants of Jacob ‘cause He never wakes up on the wrong side of the bed
- Hebrews 1:10-12 – God remains the same even when the fashions change
- Hebrews 6:13-20 – When you are the only one who never changes, you swear by yourself
- Exodus 3:13-14 – Even God’s name tells us He never changes
- Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus is God and He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow
- Matthew 7:24-27 – It only make sense to build your life on solid, unchanging foundation
Spring Break in Orange County starts this Friday and I know many of you will be traveling. But if you are still in town this weekend, this would be a really good message to come hear.