New Year, Same God

Everything changes. That’s one thing we can all agree on. 

Some changes we celebrate, like graduations and weddings. Some changes we mourn, like death and divorce. 

I’m guessing many of you breathed a sigh of relief when the clock struck midnight on December 31. After what felt like years, 2020 is over. 

But there doesn’t seem to be a change yet. If anything, it seems to be getting worse. 

We long for change. Yet we also desire things to remain the same. We want improvements, not disadvantages. 

However, nothing on this earth will remain the same. People pass on. Pictures fade. Rocks erode. Forests die. 

And yet there is one thing, a Person, Who never changes. He never has and never will. 

Who am I talking about?


Malachi 3:6 says, “For I the LORD do not change, therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.”

Let’s think about Niagara Falls for a minute. If you go there today and visit again in fifty years, the falls themselves will probably look pretty much the same. The surrounding attractions will have changed, the tours will be different, but essentially, Niagara Falls will be the same. 

But after 500 years or 1000, it will be dramatically different. Water, particularly fast moving water, erodes rock. I’m no scientist, but after a long enough period of time, the landscape could be unrecognizable. 

God isn’t like that. 

The God you worship in church each Sunday is the exact same God that Abraham worshiped. The God you pray to is the exact same God Elijah prayed to. The God holding the world together right now is the exact same God who sent His Son to die on a cross.

God never changes. 

For Him to change would imply that He needs to improve because He is flawed in some way.

God needs no improvements. He is absolutely perfect in all His ways, even if we don’t understand them. 

Even mankind’s “masterpieces” are not flawless. Every artist knows the flaws in their works, no matter how highly praised they are. 

God needs nothing added to Him. To imply so is to offend His very character. 

James says that in God “there is no variation or shadow due to change” (1:17). He has no flaws that need fixed. 

There’s a reason why there are entire sections of bookstores dedicated to “self-help.” Humanity is sinful. We are broken. We are always in need of improvement. 

God is not. 

His attributes are unchangeable.

He is faithful

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

Lamentations 3:22-23

He is holy

“There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides You; there is no rock like our God.”

1 Samuel 2:2

He is gracious

“…so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

Ephesians 2:7

He is loving

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

1 John 4:7-8

He is just

“Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert the right?”

Job 8:3

He is righteous

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before You.”

Psalm 89:14

He is a consuming fire

“For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”

Deuteronomy 4:24

He is forgiving

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9

He is merciful

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…”

Ephesians 2:4-5

So when everything around us is shifting, let’s run to the One who remains the same. 

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

One Comment

  • Jules Verne

    Thanks for this blessed reminder of Who our God is. I always love to study and be reminded of His attributes. May His name be praised now and forevermore.

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