God’s Unchanging Position
I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.
The Bible tells us that God is not a man and that He doesn’t change His mind like the shifting shadows. His Word declares that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. That’s a wonderful glimpse into the nature of God’s grace. As we’ve learned, God’s grace is His unmerited or undeserved favor or generous kindness to us His children. Because of God’s constant nature, this wonderful attitude or posture of love and compassion toward us is unchanging.
One of the most powerful forces available to the believer today is divine grace. Divine grace is God’s unchanging attitude toward the believer. It is His posture of love toward you and me. God is not a man that He will change His mind or alter His ways. He is constantly the same. Once He set His love upon us and issued the eternal decree that our sins were forgiven, He gave us an incredible gift – His righteousness, or good standing with Him. Although this has been God’s attitude toward us all along, it was realized for us the moment we repented of a sinful life and made Jesus the King of our lives.
Here’s a good illustration of grace. In my family, we have three children under the age of four, and another on the way. Our oldest is away at college. When I come home from the office, the first thing I hear when I open the door is all three of them yelling at the top of their lungs, “DADDY!” I drop everything that I’m carrying and open my arms to receive the impact of their affection. It can be quite an impact because they race to see who can reach me first. Can you see God in that position? Imagine Him bent down with His arms opened wide, ready to receive your embrace. That’s a picture of His unchanging grace.
When I was little, my grandmother and grandfather lived in a different state. I used to really look forward to their visits. When they arrived, I would run to my grandpa just like my kids run to me. His pockets were filled with good things like little toys or pieces of candy. He always made sure he put something there just for me. Did you know that God is the same way? His pockets are always full of good things He has gathered just for us. In His embrace we find peace, joy, healing, safety, and provision. He’s always the same.
Divine grace is God’s unchanging position of readiness to receive you. He was in that position, waiting for your embrace, long before you were even interested in Him. God’s arms are still stretched wide, ready to receive the full impact of your affection no matter how badly you have messed up or how good you’ve been. He loves you through the powerful force of grace and He always will!
“I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’ “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the LORD Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the LORD Almighty.
God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.