Does God Ever Change His Mind?

Scripture: Malachi 3:6 - For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore, you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.

In a world where new challenges face us every day, can we really trust that God will be the same today and tomorrow? Perhaps ones’ response will weigh heavy on their spiritual foundation. According to (Isaiah 40:8) “God does not change.  The writer of Hebrews, states “Jesus is the same yesterday and forever (Heb. 13:8).” What He has promised, is His promise.  He says, what He means, and He means what He says.  For all of His promises and covenants are sure.  His character remains the same. It is clear that God does not change. You can count on it. The Bible records God as saying: “I am the Lord (Jehovah); I do not change” (Malachi 3:6).
 It would indeed be a scary thing if the Almighty God was found to be a liar of this very Word (the holy Bible). The Lord is faithful, trustworthy and true.   Scripture bears witness to this truth. (Deut. 7:9): (Deut. 31:8); (Ps.36:5); (Ps.45:13); (Ps. 97:7); (II Thess. 3:3); (Heb.11:11)  Throughout Old Testament scripture; God does not lie. (Gen. -Rev.); (Numbers 23:19); (I Sam. 15:29);  (Jer. 26:13); (Jer. 42:10); (II Sam. 24:16); (Jer. 18:10); (Ezek. 7;22-27); (Ps. 110:4).

It could very well seem possible that God is changing His mind when He deal with us and our situations/choices, as if He made a mistake. Not so. The Bible records that God never changes His mind; because God is omniscient. He knows all things from the beginning, and He is immutable. He is unchanging. There is no shadow of turning in Him. In Scripture; one may think that God’s threat of judgement upon His people, may cause Him to have a change of mind. No matter what is said or done; He will give grace and mercy. There is no instance in the Bible where God wondered/pondered on which course of action to take or had thoughts that the course of action taken was not a good idea or unwise. It may appear  “the way we see it,”  from one’s prospective that as they appear to us; but not necessarily so.  As with Moses (Exodus 32:11); It is unthinkable that God would have an idea and is corrected by man. (Moses) As without the input of Moses; God would have taken the wrong action.  

Does God speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? Has He not said and will not do it? God is unchangeable. He is all knowing and all wise. He cannot change as if He has made a mistake; then re-addressing  with a new thing? I think not.

Prayer: Scripture bears witness that God is not a man, that He should lie, nor the son of man that he should repent. I desire to serve a God who is faithful, merciful, just, and filled with grace and love for those humans made in His image. Thank you, Father, for Your unchangeable character, which makes You unlike mere fallible men, while acting on your promises.   In Jesus’ name. Amen

(by Novella D. Carpenter)                        

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