Monday, August 29, 2016

"The Nevers" Conclusion Never Changing

"The Nevers"


Never Changing

    God cannot be other than who He is.  He cannot act in any manner that conflicts with His character, nature, and way.  He cannot change. 

    "I am the Lord.  I change not… Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8).

    No truth about our Lord more secures and assures our hearts than the continuity of His character and His capacities.  We shall never find the goodness of His heart altered to even the slightest degree, nor shall we find the greatness of His hand anything less then all powerful.  Thus, if ever we have ever trusted Him to be willing and able to work on our behalf and found Him faithful, we shall always discover the same.  This includes the moment at hand.  Any need that presently exists in our lives offers yet another opportunity to realize what the theologians refer to as the immutability of God.  He is today - and in this moment - who He was yesterday, and who He has been "from everlasting" (Psalm 90:2).  The nature of the need does not matter.  The nature of the Lord does, and that nature of perfect willingness and ability graces time and eternity with the promise of "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).

    This consideration directs our attention to a truth of Scripture we often propose, namely, that what God does always proceeds from who He is.  "The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works" (Psalm 145:17).  A faithful Heart guides and empowers an able Hand, as it were.  Recall the Apostle Paul's affirmation of such truth in his epistle to Titus.  "God… cannot lie" (Titus 1:2).  Not "will not lie", although this is true.  Paul rather declares that God "cannot lie".  He cannot be other than who He is, and He cannot do anything the conflicts with His pristine character and nature.  Herein we see the continuity of our Lord that forms and informs our present consideration.  Nothing arbitrary exists in God.  He never acts on a whim.  His hand forever flows with the current of His heart.  Thus, if He is faithful, He will act faithfully.  Always. Forever. Now.

    Solomon commanded that we "trust the Lord with all thy heart" (Proverbs 3:5).  He could not call us to such faith if God's nature and ability could change.  It cannot, and thus Someone exists upon whom we can cast ourselves without reserve.  The "Never changing" nature of our perfectly faithful Lord beckons our hearts into the safe harbor of trustworthiness and ability.  No other haven exists, and we need no other.  The Nevers of God all secure and assure us because this particular Never promises that we shall eternally find Him to be who He is, and do what He does.  We shall never live a moment in time or eternity in which God cannot be trusted.  Never!

"I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True."
(Revelation 19:11)

Weekly Memory Verse
   Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for He is faithful that promised."
(Hebrews 10:23)

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