God Unchanging | Deuteronomy Series 2020

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Josiah Katumu

This Sunday we begin a new series in the book of Deuteronomy entitled, “God Unchanging.” The series will focus on selected passages on the unchanging character of God. It is the ancient philosopher, Heraclitus who once said, “man cannot step into the same water twice.” This is a reminder that change is a constant for us. Some changes in life can be exciting and joyful. I hope that`s our attitude now as we enter into a new season of life at NCEL. But change can also be difficult. A looming change, though inevitable can lead us to fear, anxiety and doubt. The book of Deuteronomy tells the story of God`s chosen people on the plains of Moab, about to possess the Promised Land. The people have been longing to see this promise for a long time. It`s been a hard journey thus far where they have been unfaithful on numerous occasions. It is in fact due to their unfaithfulness and idolatry that a journey that would have taken eleven days took them forty long years of wandering in the wilderness. After the long period of chastisement it is time for them to move on. We can only imagine some of the questions going through their heads, questions every Christian can identify with today – will the Lord go with them in conquest? Can they rely on him to deliver the land to them? How should they treat the nations in the land? What about the nations outside the land? How might they live productive lives in the land, avoiding the discipline their parents experienced in the dessert? What can they expect from this covenant with the Lord in the future?

The good news for us is that we serve a God who never changes. This is how the Westminster Shorter Catechism answers the question, “What is God?” Answer – “God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth”. This means that it is impossible for God`s character or being to undergo any change or mutation. His power cannot be augmented or diminished. God`s unchangeableness means that we can rely on Him whenever everything else around us changes. We can always trust in His holiness, justice, goodness, love, and every other attribute of His being. As we begin a new year and a new season at NCEL, I pray that God will encourage us through His Word in this series both individually and corporately. May we find His Word comforting, assuring and encouraging as we journey together. God`s unchangeableness is indeed the rock upon which we stand in all our circumstances!

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