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You Think You Can Change God?

This is a beautiful song by Jonathan and Melissa Helser called, “So Much Grace.” This past weekend I was listening to it and a certain line jumped out at me.

I could run for all my days
But I’d never run away
There’s no mistake I could make
That could ever make You change

It’s easy to quote verses like Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” We say we believe it… then we fail or fall short AGAIN and think that God must be finished with us. At some point He has say, “enough,” right? He couldn’t possibly stick around while you can’t even hold it together?

This is why this lyric is so profound. For God to forsake you (for whatever reason) would require a fundamental change to His nature and character.

Back up a bit in Hebrews 13 to verse 5,

Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!” (AMP)

What is the writer saying? You can embrace purity and good character because He will never leave you helpless. If your life has come through the cross of Christ and His salvation, you cannot be separated from Him.

To believe that your failures drive a wedge between you and the Father is to believe that your shortcomings somehow changed God.

That verse is specifically talking about greed, but you could insert any struggle or compulsion. The enemy whispers in your ear in attempts to convince you’re too far gone, but those seeds of condemnation and hopelessness cannot take root if you see the ridiculousness of this line of thinking.

The God who was before all and stands beyond time. The One who would not even withhold His own Son from us. The God whose every attribute is infinite in nature–holiness, love, grace, patience, and on and on. The greatest, the highest, the I AM…

I believe I can change Him because I made another mistake? It’s laughable, but we can buy into it so easily.

There is value in spiritual discipline, but if the foundation of your effort is not an unshakeable trust in His goodness and grace you’ll be tempted by this line of thinking again. Righteousness comes from trusting His sacrifice. Freedom lies in the surrender.

Now that’s a living hope.

What do you think? Have you fallen victim to this way of thinking (as I have MANY times)? How do you handle it?

6 Comments

  1. Oh, yes, I’ve fallen into that trap many times, Jason. But you’ve stated it so clearly here -- we can’t change God. So if He says He loves us, it is sure and true. We can count on Him for forgiveness, always.
    Blessings!

    • I’ve been re-reading a book by A.W. Tozer called “The Knowledge of the Holy.” Definitely fits this theme. We, as created beings, have flexible attributes, character traits, qualities, etc. and we can easily transfer that idea to God. It’s completely wrong though! Every action He takes is an expression of completeness and unity. He has no parts--He is whole--He is God! Mind-boggling but so important. Thank you, Martha.

  2. I fail Him every single day! But as you quoted the Bible “He will never leave us nor forsake us!” That thought alone keeps me striving!

    • Absolutely--we will know the truth and the truth will make us free. Thanks Ed!

  3. Great reminder, Jason about Who our Father is.

    We think way too much of ourselves to think He could be less than Who He is.

  4. To believe that your failures drive a wedge between you and the Father is to believe that your shortcomings somehow changed God. This line is exactly where wrong belief starts. AS if we in anyway could change the character of God. Great post Jason.

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