But he was perpetually tentative. It ruled his life. Some of the things he would say that would keep him from action were things like:
- I Don't Know. (He would say it in a sing song manner, rising in pitch slight drop at the end)
- What if..
- We'll see
His whole life was lenitive. He never actually was certain about anything.
Here's now years later what was missing. Bet you can guess. He never knew what truth and the true immutable unchanging God was about. Sure we can never know all we could or should but we can know enough to be certain of our future, how how things will work out, of how we can count on him. There is no I don't know, Maybe, What if, and We'll see for the sold out saint of God.
Barry never found out. I couldn't tell him at that time, I didn't know either. We can live with less maybe and more I know who my redeemer is. The word speaks of this all the way thru.. and it gave me cause to write this tonight. Rest in the Unchanging God.. when life all around you seems to be in chaos.
The Old Testament clearly states that God is immutable:
"God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?" (Numbers 23:19).
"He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind” (1 Samuel 15:29).
"They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end" (Psalm 102:26-27).
"Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please’" (Isaiah 46:10-11).
“I the LORD do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed" (Malachi 3:6).
God is Immutable – New Testament Verses
"Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself" (2 Timothy 2:11-13).
"God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged" (Hebrews 6:18).
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows" (James 1:17).
"He also says, 'In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end'” (Hebrews 1:10-12).
"Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time" (Titus 1:1-2).
Live Life with more purpose fixed on the certainty of God's unchanging nature.