Does God change His mind?

Re: Verse reading – Jeremiah 18:1-12; 19:1-15 (day one) 
It is a trick question, I suppose.  The true answer is that God never acts contrary to His own word and character.  His does, however, leave Himself room for “flexibility” depending on how His word is received.  He can (and does) warn nations of coming judgment.  If that nation repents, He “will relent from the calamity planned” (18:8)  He can (and does) announce His blessing on nations.  If that nation becomes overconfident, takes His blessings for granted and moves into evil, He “thinks better of the good with which I had promised to bless it” (18:10)  From our side, it may appear that He is changing His mind.  From His perspective, God is ruling the world with absolute moral consistency.  “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.  The one who sows to his own flesh . . .corruption; the one who sows to the Spirit. . .eternal life.”  (Galatians 6:7-8)

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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