by Dr. Charles Stanley
Friday March 17, 2006
The Importance of an Unchanging Lord
The foundation of our faith is the truth that God is unchanging. He has the same character and principles He had when the prophet Malachi wrote the words, “For I, the Lord, do not change” (Malachi 3:6). In fact, since before He spoke the world into being, God has been exactly as He is today. This understanding is essential for believers who desire to live the successful Christian life.
If we believed that God, like man, was in a state of change, much of our faith would be pointless. Why pray to someone who may or may not still be answering? If that were the case, then we would wonder: Serving the Lord might yield fruit, but it might not. We can get into heaven as long we never make God angry, but does He still get upset over the things that bothered Him in the Old Testament, or does He now have new sources of irritation?
What an exhausting life believers would lead trying to keep a fickle god happy! Sadly, many people do become tired trying to be perfect Christians. Rather than getting theologically grounded in God’s Word, they are living as they think the Lord desires or following the lead of other people of faith. One difficult experience can knock the unprepared believer off his feet.
In order for the Lord to lay a solid faith foundation in our lives, we must study the One whom we serve. Through the Scriptures and our experiences, we learn how God responds to different circumstances, we recognize His methods and purposes for discipline, and we witness His rewarding of righteousness. More than that, we inevitably realize that He is always the same loving Father.
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