The omnipotent God I had always loved and served. The one I believed love me and had taken care of me through all the hard times in my life. Suddenly, I felt as if I didn’t know him. Does God change?
I am standing beside my daughter’s coffin, the morning sun is shining through the leaves of the trees which shelter those who peacefully asleep. There is nothing peaceful inside of me. The storm of fear and pain the week had brought had left me empty, dead, and broken.
I could feel that all of our family and friends were respectfully waiting for me to leave the freshly dug grave before they left as well. I wanted them all to go away. I wanted to weep and throw dirt and curse the God who had taken my only daughter.
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Does God Change?
Let me ask you, where was God when my daughter died? Where was He when the skillful physicians worked with all of their earthly power to save her? Why didn’t He reach down from heaven and save her?
The blow my faith took that horrible evening will always mark a significant point in my walk with God. Grieving mothers have repeatedly told me that it is impossible to serve a God who allows such terrible things to happen. I believed before. Did God suddenly change?
In light of the changing season, let me share with you a few things I’ve learned about a God that does not change.
God Does Not Change
We are accustomed to change. Spring turns to summer and summer turns to autumn. The leaves turn orange, brown, yellow, and red, and fall to the ground. We pull out heavy sweatshirts and bake pumpkin bread. Our kids embrace their new teachers and school subjects and we settle into another routine until life changes again.
Because we are accustomed to change, we assume that everything changes. It does feel like that, doesn’t it? Our kids grow, we age, maturity brings on different mindsets, we change jobs, locations, and vehicles. Tragedy strikes and we are left clinging to anything that is immovable.
The Bible says that God does not change. Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus is “the same yesterday, today, and forever”.
It’s hard to wrap your mind around, isn’t it? Something so strong and concrete that it doesn’t change.
Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You will endure; Yes, they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will change them, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will have no end. The children of Your servants will continue, And their descendants will be established before You.” (Psalm 102:25-28 NKJV)
For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.” (Malachi 3:6)
Thank goodness God is faithful and full of mercy and compassion!
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:17)
This verse in James is a common one, but I rarely see the second part “with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning”. Doesn’t it make the gift all the more significant? God is not going to change His mind and withdraw that gift. He doesn’t provide us good things and then snatches them away.
God Remains Faithful
As fragile, sinful humans, we do not always remain faithful. Sins, hurts from our past, and doubt will plague us and cause us to make poor decisions. We hurt the people we love and push away those who mean the most to us.
BUT God remains faithful to us during our seasons of change. We need to stop putting God into the same category as ourselves. He is not human nor is He subject to our frailties.
Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments (Deuteronomy 7:9)
Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
You established the earth, and it abides. (Psalm 119:90)
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)
Is God in Control through the Changes?
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13)
All pain and suffering is a result of the fallen world in which we live. God knows what you are facing. He will rescue you when you need it.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
When we are struggling with a season of change or a dark time in our lives, it is almost impossible to believe that God works all things for our good. Again, we must remember that it is us who have changed, He remains by our side, faithful.
When Joseph confronts his brothers many years after their burning jealousy caused them to sell him into slavery, he says:
But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” (Genesis 50:20)
God took their wicked act and turned it into good. Was God in control of Joseph’s life? Yes, yes He was.
Was God in control the night my beautiful daughter died? Yes, yes He was.
We are often tempted to demand from God “why”. Why did this terrible thing happen? Why did my life take a sudden change and leave me reeling?
This question may be answered a year later or many years later or not at all. Instead, we need to focus on the “Who”. Who will steadily help us through this? Who remains the same even when everything is changing and I feel as if chaos is my new norm?
Does God Change?
As we embrace fall and the beauty it holds, may we each embrace the change. If this season of your life is painful or brings back memories filled with anxiety, know that we serve a God who is greater than what is in front of us (or behind us).
Does God change? No. No, He does not, and isn’t it a great comfort?