It’s a new year, and things are changing. California is going crazy with new laws. Hundreds of people were injured and several were killed at New Year’s gatherings. And a homicide bomber killed 21 Christians in the Middle East.
With all this change, it’s good to know that God never changes. But is there a hint of newness there?
With God, there is no shadow of turning. James 1:17 says
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
The “shadow of turning” might mean the daily variation coming from the earth’s rotation, or from the journey around the sun, where shadows fall a different direction at different times of the year. Depending which one you want, you could have an unchanging God, immune from short-term change or longer-term change.
And yet . . . Lamentations 3:22-23 says
[Because of] the LORD’s faithful love
we do not perish,
for His mercies never end.
They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness!
It appears that God had short-term newness covered. How about the longer viewpoint?
Done. At the end of time, from Revelation 21:1-2,5 is
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea existed no longer. I also saw the Holy City, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.
Then the One seated on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.”
Well, then! It looks like in the long term God has newness all wrapped up. And not just new laws and new revolutions, but everything.
Which brings up another question – if all things are new, does that include the words that are supposed to be written down? Couldn’t they be changed?
I mean, really, can you trust somebody who promises to be both new and unchanging?
I can. I do. Thanks for the mystery, God. You’re bigger than I am, and that’s a good thing.