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Today’s Thought – October 10

UNCHANGEABLE GOD

When I come to work we give a “weather report” on the boss’s latest mood. We will quip, “Stormy today!” in which case everyone knows to steer clear and not engage the boss in any way to avoid lightening strikes. “Sunny and fair” seems a rare condition, but there are times…

A boss that changes from one moment to another is hard to trust. You are constantly on guard, trying to measure or detect the latest mood. Fortunately for us, our God is not that way.


Immutable: The perfection of God by which He is devoid of all change in essence, attributes, consciousness, will, and promises. No change is possible in God, because all change must be to better or worse, and God is absolute perfection. No cause for change in God exists, either in Himself or outside of Him.Psalm 102:27

But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Malachi 3:6
For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Hebrews 6:17 & 18

Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.
There is no reason for God to change. When something is perfect it is best to leave it alone and avoid causing it to lose it’s perfection.

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October 10, 2007 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

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  1. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?

    Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?

    That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

    And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

    And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes:

    Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.

    And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake.

    And he said unto him, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.

    And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake.

    And he said, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.

    And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.

    And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

    And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

    And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

    immutable: adjective
    not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form or quality or nature;

    Perfection
    You keep using that word I don’ think it means what you think it means.

    Comment by Voice of reason | October 10, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hi Voice!

    Do you think God knew the outcome in all of these situations?

    Also, what do you think “perfection” means in the given context?

    Good to hear from you!

    Paul

    Comment by bereans | October 10, 2007 | Reply

  3. 1. Of course.
    2. Not Immutable.
    If I pray for something or someone does that change God’s plan?
    Should we not pray for things?

    Comment by Voice of Reason | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  4. Good question, Voice! Always GREAT questions.

    In regards to your question, think of your answer 1.

    To advance the thought even further:

    What is prayer?

    In regards to 2–I may not have communicated effectively, but immutable does attest to the perfection of God and his unchanging nature. Of course mankind may think that God isn’t perfect…

    Paul

    Comment by bereans | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  5. 1.Course: a direction or route taken or to be taken.

    IF
    ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull [you] down, and I will plant you, and not pluck [you] up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.

    Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I [am] with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.

    And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land.

    But
    IF
    ye say, We will not dwell in this land, neither obey the voice of the LORD your God,

    Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we dwell:

    And now therefore hear the word of the LORD, ye remnant of Judah; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; If ye wholly set youIf ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there

    Then it shall come to pass, [that] the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.

    2.And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

    How does God know evil?

    Comment by Voice of reason | October 14, 2007 | Reply

  6. Interesting concepts that man has tried to wrap his mind around for centuries, right! Truly an amazing God that we serve, but one who says:

    1Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

    As far as God knowing evil, well He tells us pretty simply:

    Romans 14:23b for whatsoever [is] not of faith is sin.

    Comment by bereans | October 14, 2007 | Reply

  7. :for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.

    Comment by Voice of Reason | October 16, 2007 | Reply


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