I was singing a worship song at church the other day with the words “Father, you never change.” Suddenly I stopped singing and just stared at the words. You never change. We take comfort in the truth that God doesn’t change but then we turn around and want to pick which parts of scripture should be applied to life as we know it. Lately I’ve heard several people say that the bible is outdated and it needs to adapt to the times. That the scripture was written when things were different and it either doesn’t apply anymore or needs to be adjusted to better align with the way things are today. The argument is that God should, or does, change to coincide with what modern society tells us is true, normal and standard. But if you really think about it, you don’t really want God to change.
We cling to the truth that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He was good and therefore is good; He was faithful and still is faithful; He saved us so therefore we are saved and reconciled to Him. We can’t have it both ways. We can’t have God changing in one area and not another. He is either always the same or He isn’t. His Word can either always be trusted or it cannot. So the person that wants to believe God works all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28) because that is what His Word says cannot then turn around and say what He says about hot-button topics isn’t just as applicable. Moreover, if we really believe that God is omniscient then we must believe He knew what the world would be like today, tomorrow, a hundred years from now and therefore wrote His Word to span time. If we do not believe that, then we cannot believe that He is truly sovereign. If we want to believe that God does not change then we must believe His Word does not change. It is as applicable today as it was so many years ago.
Now I do think there are times we misinterpret His Word and take things out of context only later to discover what the Bible is really saying. I am not talking about those moments. I am taking about times when we clearly understand what the bible is saying but choose to deem it no longer applicable. Our God is good and He loves us deeply. He gave us His Word for a reason and it is just as pertinent to today as it was when it was written.