He Cannot Change

“His ways are everlasting.”
— Habakkuk 3:6

What he hath done at one time, he will do yet again. Man’s ways are
variable, but God’s ways are everlasting. There are many reasons for
this most comforting truth: among them are the following-the Lord’s
ways are the result of wise deliberation; he ordereth all things
according to the counsel of his own will. Human action is frequently
the hasty result of passion, or fear, and is followed by regret and
alteration; but nothing can take the Almighty by surprise, or happen
otherwise than he has foreseen. His ways are the outgrowth of an
immutable character, and in them the fixed and settled attributes of
God are clearly to be seen. Unless the Eternal One himself can undergo
change, his ways, which are himself in action, must remain for ever the
same. Is he eternally just, gracious, faithful, wise, tender?-then his
ways must ever be distinguished for the same excellencies. Beings act
according to their nature: when those natures change, their conduct
varies also; but since God cannot know the shadow of a turning, his
ways will abide everlastingly the same. Moreover there is no reason
from without which could reverse the divine ways, since they are the
embodiment of irresistible might. The earth is said, by the prophet, to
be cleft with rivers, mountains tremble, the deep lifts up its hands,
and sun and moon stand still, when Jehovah marches forth for the
salvation of his people. Who can stay his hand, or say unto him, What
doest thou? But it is not might alone which gives stability; God’s ways
are the manifestation of the eternal principles of right, and therefore
can never pass away. Wrong breeds decay and involves ruin, but the true
and the good have about them a vitality which ages cannot diminish.

-Charles Spurgeon

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