Changeless Grace

Kevin DeYoung

READ : Malachi 3:6-7

I the Lord do not change. (v. 6, NIV)

Another of the arguments in Malachi between God and his people begins with another theological fact: “I the Lord do not change.” The technical term for this is immutability, the truth that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He certainly responds and reacts. But his character, his attributes, his sovereign will and purposes are all unchangeable. “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind” (1 Samuel 15:29, NIV).

God’s immutability is the reason his people were not destroyed. The Lord is saying, “Because I chose you, because you are my people, and because I am an unchanging God of mercy, forgiveness, and compassion, you will get another chance. Ever since I made you my people you have been stubborn and hard-hearted. You have turned away from me and my decrees time and again. You should be out of chances, but I am not out of mercy. Return to me, and I will return to you.” If we come to God brokenhearted for sin, wanting to change, and calling out for mercy in Jesus’ name, he will not turn us away. “Come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:8, NIV).

PRAYER

A broken heart and contrite spirit you will not despise. Lord, have mercy on us. Amen.