Many times we have an incorrect view of God. We either have too low a view of God so that he is just our buddy that we can pray to once in a while, or we think that God wants nothing to do with us or is constantly frowning down waiting for us to screw up. The reality is, he both wants to have a relationship with us through his Son Jesus but also is our creator and is majestic and holy. He even has many attributes as God that have nothing to do with us as humans.
Isaiah 55.8-9 states, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Below are a few attributes of God that are immutable, or characteristics that God does not share with us.
This attribute is that God had no beginning and has no end, he has simply just existed. Even thinking about that blows my mind, but the Bible paints a picture of a God who is completely outside of time and can see the end from the beginning, yet chooses to act in time.
This attribute has to do with the independence of God. He does not need creation or humans for that matter to exist. When God created us he wasn’t bored and needed something to do, but rather created us so that we could have a relationship with him and were created in his image to show forth some of his excellence.
The immutability of God is simply that God does not change. He is the same yesterday, as he will be today, as he will be in 10,000 years. This is in contrast to us who are fickle nearly every day and change our minds constantly. Thank goodness that he does not change his mind about things. Could you imagine if one day God just decided to be evil and scratch all the promises he has made to be good and loving to his people? This is in contradiction to something called Process Theology, or that since things here on earth are in constant change God must be changing as well. This would go against the very character of God’s existence.
I know for me I wouldn’t even want to follow a God who is just like us so that we could just study enough about him to figure out exactly what he’s about. Christians worship a God who is the sustainer of the universe yet is intricately involved in our day to day lives. How does that make you feel?