by Jerry Vines

James 1:17-25
Dr. Jerry Vines
Verse 17 is one of the greatest statements in all of the Bible.
It is wonderfully simple, but it is simply wonderful. It tells us,
first of all, that our God is the Father of lights. He is the Father of
creation. Our God is the God who created the sun and the moon and the
stars -- all of the heaven of lights and this God of creation is
different from the creation. The creation is subject to change. It is
in constant change. But we are told that the creator - the Father of
lights -- never, ever changes. That means a great deal to me. This is
something my soul can hang on to. Here is an anchor in turbulent times,
the truth that our God is a God who never changes.
In Malachi 3:6 the Bible says that God says, "I am the Lord, I
Change not." In Hebrews 13:8 it says - "Jesus Christ, the same
yesterday, today and forever." I- need a God who does not change-. I
need a God who is consistent. I need a God who will be the same. I
need a God that I can depend upon and the Bible says that's the kind of
God we have in our heavenly Father. God does not change because if God
could change for the better, that means he would not have been God
before He changed. If God could change for the worst that would mean
that he would cease to be God, so God never changes for the better; He
never changes for the worst. God is the same all the time -- yesterday
He was God. Today He is God. Tomorrow He will be God. He is a God who
does not change.
We have a wonderful hymn in our hymnbook that says,
Great is thy faithfulness, o God, our Father.
There is no shadow of changing in Thee.
Thou changest not, thou compassions they fail not
As thou hast been so thou ever will be.
That's the kind of God we have. He is a God who does not change.
There is another wonderful truth in this verse I want us to
touch on this morning. In this verse we learn that our God who does not
change -- the God of creation is the source of e ...

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