By Anthony Gorsuch, written originally for the newsletter of Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Newark
“Happy the man whose hopes rely / on Israel’s God; He made the sky / and earth, and seas, with all their train; / His truth forever stand secure; / He saves the oppressed, He feeds the poor, / and none shall find His promise vain.”
— Isaac Watts
God never changes in His character. The fact that God doesn’t change (immutability) enables us to trust Him in His faithfulness. If God promised to be faithful to His people then He cannot break His promises. This is a comfort to us because we know that God is more than just faithful; He is infinite in power and wisdom. We serve a God who desires to help us, who wishes to save us and who also has the ability to help us and keep us. God has faithfulness and power which means no one can stop what He promises. No one can thwart God’s faithful promises.
God pledged to our spiritual father Abraham: “I will establish my covenant between Me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.” When God uttered these words to Abraham, our security was fixed in God’s promise. God will be faithful to Abraham, therefore He will be committed to Abraham’s offspring, the church. This gives us great hope for the future of Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Newark—He will not leave us nor forsake us because our heavenly Father doesn’t change!
While God never changes, we do change. God is faithful; human beings can be unfaithful. However, in spite of humanity’s unfaithfulness, God still faithfully causes rain to fall on the righteous and the unrighteous. In spite of the church being unfaithful over generations in their promises to God, God has not changed His pledge to the church.
Let us reflect on God’s faithfulness; let us increase our faith and drive us to worship. Worship God this day because He has been faithful to you in spite of your unfaithfulness. Worship God today because He is loyal and secures your salvation. Worship God today because He has faithfully provided for you. We serve and worship a mighty, faithful God who does not change.