Friday, March 14, 2014

Devotion For The Day

Numbers 23:19 (NIV)
God is not a man,
that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he
should change his mind. Does he speak and...
then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Balaam tells the heathen king that is trying to
curse Israel, "Look, I told you before, and God
doesn't change His mind. Israel is blessed! If
God blesses them, I can't curse them!"
Sometimes we wish God would change His
mind. If we knew all His reasons, we would
probably change our mind. Too often we
think of God as we do man, and that is where
we run into trouble. As Jacob said of Rueben,
man is "unstable as water". Like a liquid we
fit the container of our circumstances. But
God never changes!
He has no need to lie. Since He is all
knowing, He was never misinformed about
any given situation. Being all-powerful, He
never lacked the power to carry through on
His purposes. Being everywhere present,
nothing has ever escaped His attention or
sneaked up on Him. He will not change His
mind. The wonderful thing about that is we
know He will forever accept what Christ has
done in our place. He will never one day
decide it wasn't enough. He will never
demand more than what Jesus already did
for you. He has spoken and He will act. Satan
can never succeed with a surprise attack on
Him. God has promised, and He will fulfill.
Balaam forgot his own words and later tried
to get financial gain by tempting Israel into
compromise. He may have reasoned that if
they compromised they would then lose
God's favor. Our minds can "reason" our way
around what we know is true. God never
changes! What He has said is the way it is.
Don't try and figure a way around it.
Meditation: Why would I want God to change
what He has said?
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