Scriptures for you to look up:
- Hebrews 13:8
- Numbers 23:19
- Isaiah 40:28
- Psalm 90:2
- 1 John 3:1
- 1 John 4:9-10
- Romans 5:8
- Romans 8:39
- Ephesians 2:4-5
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, yes, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)...” Ephesians 2:4-5
These are two attributes that I’m excited to talk about together. ALL of His attributes are connected and He cannot be one thing while not also being all the other. But, I think there is a sweet connection between God being unchanging and God being loving that should be an encouragement to us today.
God is incapable of changing. He absolutely cannot change. That is His nature. He is constant, He is the same always. In the midst of uncertainty and as I struggle with fear as we move forward with adoption, this truth is so impactful. Nothing about our situation has surprised Him. He has not changed a bit. He is the same faithful God He’s always been. Instead of focusing on every shift and change in my circumstances, I want to focus on the One who is always steady.
What else is so great about our unchanging God? His love for us is not dependent upon my circumstances or how much I’ve screwed up. He is unchanging. His love never fails. I love the reminder that I haven’t done anything to deserve His love and that I will never be able to do anything to keep His love. I don’t have to earn my way into His loving arms. Because of grace, I have a spot in His arms already.
I love Ephesians 2:4-5 because it reminds us that we absolutely did not do one thing to earn God’s love. It says that while we were still DEAD, because of God’s great love, we were made alive in Christ. Not because we finally “behaved”. Not because we got our life together. Not because we finally figured out how to be perfect. No, because of His great love we were made alive in Christ. Sin doesn’t make us bad, it makes us dead. We were hopeless without Jesus, unable to behave our way to heaven. BUT GOD. Being rich in mercy and abounding in love, saved us through grace.
His love for us is not based upon our own merit, but solely based on who Jesus is. How can we not celebrate that today?? The unchanging God loves us for all of eternity and we can rest in that love because of grace. Praise you, Lord!