November 2020  by

Unchanging God in an Ever-Changing World

You’ve heard the phrase change is inevitable. And it really is. Just think about it: How many outfits do you usually try on before heading out the door? How many lane changes do you typically make driving over the course of a day? It’s inevitable.

Have you ever been in Walmart or Target and decided you didn’t want something, so you sort of snuck it onto a shelf where it didn’t belong? Let’s just say it happens. I admit I’ve done that kind of shenanigan before.

Things in life change and will continue to change. But there is one thing that will never change—the one constant in the universe now and forever—and that is God.

In Malachi 3:6, God said, “I am the LORD, I do not change.” The unchanging nature of God can be summed up in the word immutability. Immutability is part of God’s divine essence. It means He does not evolve or devolve; He remains the same. He never gains a new attribute or loses an attribute He already has. And the attributes He has can never become greater or less than what they’ve always been. He will never be more wise, more powerful, more holy, or more sovereign than He is. He is all those things perfectly and infinitely, and He doesn’t change.

The Bible says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). God is the same God today that He was 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 years ago. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, He didn’t become any less God in His abilities. He can still perform miracles and mend broken hearts. He hasn’t aged a single day.

And do you know what? His love for you never changes. He created you and has a plan for your life, and it’s not like one of your husband’s odd jobs that get stuck in the garage or banished to the backyard. His job is on target and will be finished. He “will perfect”—or complete—”that which concerns [you]” (Psalm 138:8). That gives me such hope. He’s not done with me yet; He’s still working.

In Psalm 102, the psalmist wrote, “In time of old You founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. Even they will perish, but You endure; all of them will wear out like a garment; like clothing You will change them and they will pass away. But You are the same, and Your years will not come to an end” (vv. 25-27, NASB).

Have you ever been in a situation that made you question if God had changed? Have you ever wondered, If God is a God of love, then why this? You know you have. We all have. That’s how we are as human beings. But the Bible is so clear when it comes to God’s immutability. Psalm 90 says, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (v. 2). Take heart today that your God is immutable. Nothing you face in this life will ever change who He is and the love He has for you.

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Franchesca Bayne

Sheologie Director

Franchesca Bayne serves as Sheologie's program director by overseeing the daily operations of women's ministries and organizing and hosting programs/services such as prayer groups, connect groups, Bible study, retreats, outreach programs, and outbound communication. She also facilitates support services and/or performing community outreach to attract new members. Franchesca has an AS in accounting, BA in Christian Foundations, and MA in Christian Counseling.

She was born and raised in New Mexico, and is married to her best friend, pastor, and business partner. Together, they have two incredible teenagers, Maddie and Declan, who also serve in ministry. She has a heart for the people, the broken, the misunderstood, and the everyday people just like her. She loves to build community. Franchesca's spoken at many events and loves to share the light and love of Jesus in truth. Franchesca passionately lives to lead others to Christ as she follows Him and calls it "A Journey" as she lives out being a Christian in the many hats she wears: daughter, sister, auntie, mom, wife, pastors' wife, life coach, community leader, and friend. Her hobbies include, pick-up games of basketball, softball, canoeing, and international cooking styles. You can stop by her office anytime to say "Hi" and see what's next, or for prayer.

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Madison Newcomb

Sheologie Bible Study Coordinator

Madison was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has a heart for both women's and children's ministry and loves seeing them eagerly pursue the gospel. Discipling those who God calls to her brings her pure joy. She is passionate about women finding their confidence and identity in Christ alone. Madison loves teaching kindergarteners in Calvary Kids on Sunday mornings, spending time with family and friends, gardening, and brunch.

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