Every so often, usually when somebody is thinking outside the box, someone will quote the Bible that God doesn’t change, and then assert that we can’t change either. I got hit with that again this week.
We can’t think new things, because God doesn’t change, doncha know!
And there's some truth in that: God does declare, “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6)
And the New Testament declares, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
Yep. It’s true that God doesn’t change. He’s the same forever.
But that doesn’t mean that change is ungodly. Think about it:
► That God who never changes is an unchangingly creative God!
► He is the One who declared, "Light, be!" when there was no light.
► He is the One who decided to create man in his own image, when there had never been anything created in God's image before.
► He is the One who proposed a covenant of intimate personal relationship (Ex 19:6) into a nation of slaves who knew no covenant, and who rejected his proposal outright (Ex 20:19).
► He is the One who put on human skin, who became a living, breathing, squalling, pooping part of his creation so that he could re-offer a covenant of intimate personal relationship.
► He is the One who is always creating something new, whether it’s manna in that generation or wine in this generation, or a new heaven and a new earth in this other generation. Or stars. Stars and planets before there were any generations.
► He is the One who has adopted us, changing us, removing our slavery to sin and hell and making us his own children, his own heirs, and his own friends.
So yeah: God never changes. He's always the same, always changing everything around him, always up to something new and different that we've never seen before, always creating new ways to bring people into his family.
This is the same God that declares, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isa 43:19)
Yeah: THAT is the God who never changes. He never stops being good, he never stops loving you and me, he never changes who he is. That’s really good.
But please stop trying to tell us that new things are evil because God doesn’t change. God is the greatest source of new things this universe has ever seen!