I was always raised hearing God can do anything. He is all-knowing and present everywhere. His power knows no limit. It was one of my kids that corrected me one day. My son said, “I know something God can’t do”. I opened my mouth ready to object, but before I could disagree, he said, “God can’t lie”. I nodded, thinking that through. The other thing God can’t do is change. What do these two things mean for people?
If God can only tell the truth and never change then we’re sitting on two pretty powerful promises. These promises combined are the basis for security and trustworthiness beyond comparison.
#1 God Can’t Lie
This means everything from, God is truth. His Word is truth. Jesus is truth. The Bible is at a minimum thousands of years old. Nothing in the Bible can be proven wrong. Sure there are many things that can’t be proven by man. But no inaccuracies have been found in the Bible. We can see promises already fulfilled in Jesus. As a result we can trust future promises to also be fulfilled.
God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. Hebrews 6:18
#2 God Can’t Change
We live in a rapidly changing world. Technology and information change so fast it seems impossible to keep up with it all. I found myself trying to explain a landline telephone to my kids. They were equally puzzled when they came across a VHS recording of my wedding.
God doesn’t change. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. When I am in a completely unlovable state, His love for me is the same. He is not moved by our circumstances, attitudes or behavior. The pressure is off. We are not powerful enough to change God.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Over and over again the Bible says not to fear. Usually followed with “trust God”. He is trustworthy and true. Knowing these two truth is not enough for a transformed life. We have to believe He’s trustworthy and true. Believing that He always tells the truth and never changes leads to a more secure life. Where are you placing your security? Are you placing it in the people around you or your circumstances? What would life look like if security was found in the One who doesn’t lie or change?