On an Unchanging God
Desiring His Unchanging Love
Because there's nothing we would want to change about it
“So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath… We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain.”
Hebrews 6:17, 19, ESV
Hebrews 6 is rich. Just give the whole chapter a read through and if the Holy Spirit hooks you on any bait, completely disregard the rest of this devo to chew on the personal thought He has for you.
To be fair, God’s unchangeable nature isn’t the be-all end-all of His attributes. I will cling to the assurance that God is never-changing only if He is someone worth keeping the same. If the Supreme Being of the universe were imperfect, irrational, or weak, His unchanging nature would be devastating for all of us. But, since God really is the perfection that we see in Scripture, then we should greet the word “unchangeable” with more contentment and welcome than post-nap coffee and pancakes.
In Hebrews 6:19, we are reminded of God’s goodness to us. It is the reason we celebrate our never-changing God. In our mind’s eyes, we see Jesus behind the curtain, fulfilling the role of a high priest. In spite of my awfulness, He is alone before God, pleading on my behalf- loving me at an honestly confusing scale. This is the one person in all of existence whom we should hope never changes.
And yet, somehow I struggle with appreciating, understanding, and being aware of His goodness and love for me. My own distractions are certainly to blame; perhaps apathy, laziness, and numbness are also at play. Jesus went behind the curtain on my behalf and, instead of feeling intimacy with Him, I often feel distanced.
No matter how we feel, we know our God is not distanced. We know He is near. Perhaps the healthiest reaction to this dispair is to remember His reputation: the God who saved Israel, the God of manna, the God of Esther, the God of Jeremiah, the God of Lazarus, the God who promised Psalm 102:17, Isaiah 43:2, and Isaiah 40:29. God remains unchanging from those days to now and beyond.
Maybe, for you, today is not the day of despair or apathy. Maybe today your joy is rich and your relationships are humming. But, maybe it’s just a “bleh” day. If today is the kind of day that finds you so wrapped up in your own “stuff” that God feels far away and hidden, remember that Emmanuel’s desire is even now to draw near to you. He wants to have breakfast with you, to sit on the back porch and spit sunflower seeds with you. When your life feels stale and cold, remember that Jesus actively wants you now as much as He ever has. And that will never change.
Caleb Hand, WSC Staff Development