Day 10

God Has Not Changed

from the Hosea reading plan


Hosea 7:3-16, Galatians 6:6-10, Romans 9:22-24

Kids can be brilliant, clever, and hilarious. But they can be equally dumb and thick-headed. It seems they have two primary ways of exhibiting these latter qualities: 1. disobeying in the same ways repeatedly, no matter what parents say, or 2. thinking they can find a new way to get around rules. And, of course, both lead to the same results each time without fail. Parents’ rules don’t change, don’t bend, and don’t have loopholes. So each exhibition of thick-headedness is met with consequences. The only way this changes is if the kids begin to learn to obey and submit to their parents’ wishes.

In Hosea 7, Israel is the thick-headed child. Verse after verse regales the reader with the rebellion of one tribe or another. They are stubborn; they think they are clever. They are trying to put one past God or overrun His authority with sheer will – like that ever works. It’s what got them into trouble in the first place.

Even more remarkable is that this comes on the heels of redemption upon redemption. Throughout the first part of the book of Hosea, we saw God go to great lengths to show His people how He would rescue them from themselves and their unfaithfulness. And yet, here we are. You and I should resonate with this. We should recognize our own proclivity to rebel, to ignore, to think too highly of our cleverness. We are like Israel in a million ways.

But Israel’s, and our, fickleness and foolishness does not change God. He shows Himself to be a Redeemer still. He says, “I want to redeem them.” Despite rebellion upon disrespect upon idolatry, God wants to redeem His people—even though they do not call on Him. They grasp at any other false hope they can find. They use the gifts and abilities God gave them for their own ends instead of for His honor. They reject God completely. Yet still He wants to redeem.

God does not change. He does not waffle when we waffle. God does not become distant and unavailable when we distance ourselves. He is steady though we are not. He is faithful though we are not. Though we push God away, He does not push us away.

God stands ready to redeem, and make whole, and restore. Always. Even when we behave like stubborn children.

Written By Barnabas Piper

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4 thoughts on "God Has Not Changed"

  1. Nick Crawford says:

    God never wavers or turns away.
    No matter how stubborn I may be. No matter how persistent I am about my way.
    God, instead of giving me the wrath that I deserve, the wrath that He is fully capable of giving, placed that wrath on His Son, and gave me Jesus’ perfect righteousness so that I may know God and His goodness, patience and mercy.
    God loves me, and will always love me.
    God fights for me when I turn away.
    Good seeks me when I don’t seek Him.
    God is so good.

  2. Mark Dill says:

    The goodness of God us beyond all measure. His pleasures are from morning to morning his Beauty all around. My God is a truly good God and his mercy is beyond measure. I’m so thankful today for all that he done for me. I’m truly blessed beyond what I deserve.

  3. Rob says:

    It seems many times my view of God changes because of sin. “Why does God allow me to go through this, He does not care, etc”

    But He is the same God who always desires to rescue me from my sin.

  4. Ben .W says:

    Though I will change and turn from you repeatedly, let me not forget that, unlike so many things in this world, you remain. You are constant, and you’re compassion and grace is unending. With that in mind, Lord, let me be confident and encouraged in this truth, and thus draw nearer to you every day.

    Amen.

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