“Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” — John 7:38
Muting the Immutable God, by Randall D. Kittle

“Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking.” — Hebrews 12:25

As I was praying, I saw a vision of a television remote control that someone was holding in their hand. Suddenly, the remote was changed into a glistening golden one on which the “MUTE” button had been replaced with one that said “IMMUTABLE.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord say, “Why do My children not listen to My heart’s cry and try to silence Me, the immutable God? I do not change. I do not vary. I am constant — the same yesterday, today, and forever. I am the solid foundation you can rest your life upon. My love for you cannot be extinguished and My mercy toward you will endure forever. Hear My voice and heed the cry of My heart to not only love you, but fellowship with you … for you are My beloved whom I love beyond measure.”

It is important to note that while the Lord was speaking, He clearly declared His immutable character. Simply stated, “immutable” means that God doesn’t change. He is fixed, set, permanent, established, unvarying, constant, enduring, and steadfast. God told Israel that this was one of His attributes in Malachi 3:6, “For I, the Lord, do not change …”

Reason itself would tell us that no change is possible in God, because all change must either make one better or worse, and God is absolute perfection. He cannot change for the better, for He is already perfect; and because He is perfect, He can’t change for the worse. He is perpetually the same, and He alone can say, “I am that I am” (Exodus 3:14).

This attribute of God should bring great comfort for us living in these turbulent, troubled times. No matter what may come our way, we can have great confidence that God does not change. He has not lost His power. His arm has not grown short. He is still a Shelter, a Shield, and our Strong Tower in time of need.

Having Ears to Hear
Just as God’s character never changes, neither do the desires of His heart. One of God’s strongest desires has always been to have a family with which He could share His life and love. In fact, the reason we were made in the image of God (as stated three times in Genesis 1) is so that we could have a closer relationship with God than any other part of His creation. In the Garden of Eden, we see God coming to walk with Adam in the cool of the day (see Genesis 3:8). From the very beginning of the Bible to the last book, we see God’s heart to reveal Himself and His plans to man.

God wants to be more than our Provider or Protector. He loves us beyond measure and longs to be our Personal Friend. The Great Shepherd expects His sheep to “listen to His voice” and “know His voice” (John 10:3–4). He is calling us to have more than just a Bible study time. He wants to speak to us through the Bible as we read it. God desires our prayer time to be more than a monologue where we give Him our list of requests. He wants a dialogue, where we share our hearts with Him and wait to hear His heart. Jesus is calling out to the Church in this day, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 11:15).

Will we continue to mute God because of our busy schedules, preoccupied prayers, and superficial study of His Word? Or, will we hear the cry of His heart and take the time to listen to our immutable God?

Lord, help us to hear the cry of Your heart to come into fellowship with You. Help us to truly seek You first and foremost. I ask that You will do for us as You did the prophet Jeremiah when You promised, “I will cause you to hear My words” (Jeremiah 18:2).

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