The Unchanging Word of God…
One at times annoying and at other times reassuring thing about the Word of God is that by virtue of its medium – print – it is fixed. Inspired men of God were moved upon my the Holy Spirit and wrote as He directed and that was that.
Yes, there have been many translations to make their words relevant to many cultures and norms of language usage throughout time and geography, but their original words don’t change. What they wrote, they wrote. Inspired by our God we have 66 books of His intended message to us, and it is not changing!
Sometimes we wish it would change. Sometimes what it asks of us we would rather not do. But is doesn’t. It just stares back at us saying what is says. It we who must change to accommodate it, not the other way around.
Oswald Chambers comments on our responsibility to initiate personal change in order to adapt to the unchanging Word of God…
“Our Lord never takes measures to make me do what He wants. Sometimes I wish God would master and control me to make me do what He wants, but He will not. And at other times I wish He would leave me alone, and He does not.” – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Sept. 22 entry.
WC Fields was not known to be a religious man. So it was puzzling when one day near the end of his life he was observed thumbing through the Bible. “What are you doing?” someone who knew him well asked. Fields reply was both comical, yet grave: “Looking for loopholes,” he said. He found none.
Sooner or later we must each face the unwavering message of the Word of God. He will not force salvation or damnation upon us. We will decide. But the Word of God will not change. As dreadful as our refusal of it will surely be, so wonderful will be our acceptance of it!
“For the wages of sin is death…” (Rom. 6:23a).
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
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