The Immutability of God – Looking at the Attributes of God

I’m going to begin this post with some verses from Psalm 139:2-4, 6

2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.

3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.

4 For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.

I don’t think we can ever fully wrap our minds around the knowledge and power of God.

You understand my thought afar off

Right now, I have several thoughts going through my head, one being this post and another is planning out what I need to get done in the next few hours. I don’t know what I’m going to be thinking about tonight or even tomorrow, but God does. He knows every thought we have, even before we think it.

God knows every thought that pops into your head, the good ones, and the bad ones.

He even knows the words we speak before we do

4 For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.

There is no possible way we can fully understand God’s ways or knowledge, but we can get a small idea by looking at the attributes of God.

To put it simply, an attribute of God is something true about Him. While fully comprehending who God is impossible for us as limited beings, but God does make Himself known in a variety of ways,

Through these attributes, we can begin to wrap our minds around our awesome Creator and God. And today I want to look at a few attributes of God and how we can apply them to our life.

The first attribute is the Immutability of God – He never changes.

Seasons change, people change, fads change, but God never changes.

Malachi 3:6 says

“For I am the Lord, I do not change;

Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.

God does not change. His character never changes – he never gets “better” or “worse.” His plans do not change. His promises do not change.

That should bring some joy and peace to our minds and heart. Knowing that God and His word does not change. I hit the key ‘backspace’ a lot when I am typing, I change my mind about how I want to put something down, I misspell something, I redo a lot of things. God doesn’t change His mind and hit backspace. Once He has made a promise, He will fulfill it. We can fully rely on God to always be the same, the world will change, but God never changes.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. – Hebrews 13:8

God is Omnipotent – He Is All-Powerful

Two years ago, my parents and I got caught in the middle of a tornado while traveling. Giant pine trees were falling down around us as if they were made of sticks. It was the most powerful thing I had experienced, and it was created by an All-Powerful God.

Being Omnipotent means to have unlimited power, Psalm 33:6 says

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

And Job 11:7-9

7 “Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?

8 They are higher than heaven— what can you do? Deeper than Sheol— what can you know?

9 Their measure is longer than the earth And broader than the sea.

God is not limited on what He can do, think back to the Old Testament, He parted the Red Sea. The sea has an average depth of 1,610 ft, that huge sea was parted by God and was nothing but two giant walls of sea and dry ground to walk on.

We can search the Scriptures all day and we will find verse after verse displaying the awesome power of God. Jeremiah 32:17 says

‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.

Nothing is too hard for Him to accomplish, two weeks ago I wrote about The God of the Impossible, God specializes in the impossible. We need to trust His purpose, obey His instructions, be faithful, and believe in His ability. And we fully can do all that, because God is all-powerful, He can do anything.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…Ephesians 3:20

God Is Omniscient – He Is All-Knowing

Sometimes we feel, at least I do, that mom knows everything. I don’t need Google or Alexa, because I have mom. But, even the smartest person, with the highest I.Q level, has limited knowledge. God’s knowledge is unlimited, the Psalm we started with states that very plainly. He knows our thoughts, words, He even knows the very number of hairs on our head.

He knows everything from the past to the future. Isaiah 46:9-10 says

9 Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me,

10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’

God is omniscient, which means He knows everything. Because God is all-knowing, we can trust that He knows everything we’re going through today and everything we will go through tomorrow. When we meditate on this truth, it makes it easier to trust Him with all we have going on in our lives.

Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite – Psalm 147:5

God Is Omnipresent – He Is Always Everywhere

To be omnipresent is to be in all places, at all times. I ask my kids in my Sunday school class ‘can we hide from God?’, the answer is always no. God is with us at all times.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

God doesn’t schedule who He is with, He doesn’t say “I’ll be with Gabbi from 9 until noon, and then I will be with Aspen and Claire from 2 until midnight” God is with us all the time.

“Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off?

Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.

Jeremiah 23:23-24

That should bring a level of comfort, knowing that no matter where we go or what we face in our day to day lives, God will be right there by our side.

God Is Wise – He Is Full of Perfect, Unchanging Wisdom

God is infinitely wise, consistently wise, perfectly wise. Romans 11:33 says

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

Sometimes we feel like we are lost, unable to decide which path to take. We wish we could just have some wisdom. Well, God is an unlimited bank of wisdom, and He is willing to share it with us if we only ask. James 1:5 says

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

A.W Tozer writes, “Wisdom, among other things, is the ability to devise perfect ends and to achieve those ends by the most perfect means. It sees the end from the beginning, so there can be no need to guess or conjecture. Wisdom sees everything in focus, each in proper relation to all, and is thus able to work toward predestined goals with flawless precision.”

With it being put that way, we realize just how much our limited, finite wisdom compares with the limitless, infinite wisdom of God.

No plan we could make for our lives could be better than the plan God has already crafted and is carrying out for us. We might not understand His ways today, but we can trust that because God is infinitely wise, He truly is working all things out in the best possible way.

God is unlike anything or anyone we could ever know or imagine. He is one of a kind, unique, and without comparison. Even describing Him with mere words truly falls short of capturing who He is – our words simply cannot do justice to describe our holy God.

We can be so thankful we have this God who is all-knowing, all-powerful, Omnipresent and is full of perfect wisdom on our side guiding us through every detail of our lives.