Look at the clouds

19th August, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Look at the clouds. What do you see? What makes cloudwatching so fascinating is the way they are constantly changing. Lie on the grass and stare at the  clouds overhead and as you watch them, the shapes form and reform into patterns. Like Charley Brown, you can use your imagination to see objects in the clouds.  The poet Shelley wrote these words in his little poem “The Cloud”:  “I am the daughter of Earth and Water, and the nursling of the Sky; I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores; I change, but I cannot die.”

By contrast, the Creator of the clouds never changes and cannot die. While the clouds drift and mutate, the immutable God stays the same, always and forever, in every way.

Clouds change what they do. A puffy white cotton ball of water droplets can quickly become a wide dark mass of cascading rain. Then just as suddenly the emptied clouds drift innocently across the sky. Not so, the Almighty Creator of the universe. Change has nothing to do with the God we worship.  Our God never changes His nature. Our God never changes how He reacts to His creation. The God of the Old Testament is the same as the God of the New Testament who is the same as the God who loves, protects, and guides us today.

There are many practical implications of the immutability (unchangeableness) of God.  The  most obvious thing is that we can depend upon God to be the same, never changing in the way He acts towards us.  It means that the Old Testament is incredibly relevant to our lives today.  Why did I include the “Who is God?” section in God’s Great Covenant: Old Testament 1? I did so because the God we read about in Genesis and Exodus and Joshua is the same God we worship today. The qualities that God demonstrated to Abraham, Moses, and Joshua are the same qualities He demonstrates to us today. God never changes. We can learn about who God is by reading the Old Testament.

It’s not just God’s love, compassion, and forgiveness that don’t change. It’s God’s hatred of sin. His warnings to repent and turn from wickedness apply to us today just as they did to the people of Noah’s day or the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah. God keeps His promises to be faithful to His people, but He always remains true to His holiness in judging sin.

God’s immutability also means that His commands in scripture don’t change.  The moral standard is the same today as it ever was.  What’s right and what’s wrong doesn’t change as the culture changes.  Moral standards come from a holy God doesn’t change in His own Person or in His standards of right and wrong.

God will never become less loving, holy, righteous, faithful, patient, or good than He is today.  God will never become more loving, holy, righteous, faithful, patient, or good that He is today.  Gold can never become any better or worse than He is today. God will never change to be different in anyway from who He is today. God is the only being who never changes. As Tozer writes, “Whatever God felt about anything, He still feels. Whatever He thought about anyone, He still thinks. Whatever He approved, He still approves. Whatever He condemned, He still condemns.” There is no relativity with God.

So, today, do two things. First, look at the clouds and remember that God is unlike the clouds because God never changes. Then, read the Bible and remember that the God of the Bible is the same God we worship today.

 

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