Posted by: jmark | October 24, 2004

God unchanging

4 words should linger at the back of our minds every time we read our Bibles. Four words that should both comfort and challenge us – “It’s the same God”

Have you problems in your life that you think cannot be overcome? Then go to your Bible, see people with the same or similar problems and see God help them overcome them – It’s the same God.

  • When we read Daniel and are amazed by the wonders God worked – “It’s the same God”
  • When we are discouraged by sinfulness and wonder if there is any hope for the church – read Acts – “It’s the same God”
  • When we read of Joshua and Jericho – “It’s the same God”
  • When we read of God miraculously providing for his people manna in the desert – “It’s the same God”
  • When we read of David standing against all odds for the honour and glory of God and winning by God’s help – “It’s the same God”
  • When you wonder what impact you can have, read of Jesus taking the lunch that the little boy had and using it mightily to affect 1000s – “It’s the same God”
  • When we read of God working through the witness of Naaman’s slave girl – “It’s the same God”
  • When we read of Elisha’s servant panicking because of the sight of those enemies around him and Elisha prayed that he might see the hosts of the armies of Heaven that were on their side – “It’s the same God”
  • When you struggle with a particular sin – read of the transformation in Corinth “This is what some of you were” – “It’s the same God”
  • When you are sick and you wonder how you will cope – turn to Paul – Hear God say to him, “My grace is sufficient for you” – “It’s the same God”
  • When you feel that someone you love has their heart set against the gospel, consider Paul – “It’s the same God”
  • When you feel discouraged and you can see no way out – Consider David in the cave, hunted, consider Jonah in the belly of he fish – “It’s the same God”
  • When you look at the vast sprawling mass of your town, and are overcome by the lostness of all their souls, think of Nineveh – “It’s the same God”

    Our problem isn’t that God has changed, its that we have much lower expectations of God.

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  1. “I am the LORD, I do not change…”

    Words of comfort and encouragement, to be sure. Yet, in keeping with the nature of Scripture as a two-edged sword, the idea of an unchanging God can “cut both ways.”

    The truth that God does not change carries with it the truth that I, as a man must change, or rather, I must be changed.

    The truth that God does not change means that His Holy Standards do not change; we are called to be Holy, as He is Holy…

    The truth that God does not change means that His Holy Principles do not change; as we sow, so shall we also reap…

    When our expectations of God are too low, in the sense of failing to appreciate His Power, His Presence, and His Faithfulness to His Promises, …we will fail to know the comfort and strength and encouragement made available to us by the One Who will never leave us, nor forsake us…

    When our expectations of God are too low, in the sense of failing to appreciate His Unchanging Character, His Unchanging Holiness, His Unchanging call to us to be Holy, as He is Holy…we presume on His Grace…to our own detriment…

    By His Grace, and for His Glory, may we see Him as He is…that He might be glorified in us, and that we might enjoy the fullness of all He’s made available to us in Our precious Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ…


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