GOD IS UNCHANGING
Know: God never changes and His consistency extends to His whole person.
Think: View God’s unchanging character as encouragement for present and future growth.
Do: Respect God’s unchanging nature and exercise faith through obedience.
READ: LISTEN TO GOD
Read Numbers 23:18-20, 25-27; Jeremiah 18:5-11; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; James 1:16-18; Hebrews 6:13-20; Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 3:13-15; Lamentations 3:21-26. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Despite any set of human advances, our problems remain. Our need for God remains and God’s ability to meet our needs remains. That is because God’s nature is unchanging. He alone is the source of wisdom and satisfaction for all our needs at all times.
PRAY: TALK TO GOD
We can trust God’s strength to overcome our weakness. Pray that you and your family will take comfort in your weaknesses and failures knowing that we can do all things through God’s unfailing strength.
DO: WALK WITH GOD
Option 1: God in His entirety cannot change, which means that He cannot be manipulated, He cannot lie, and He cannot fail. These attributes should give us confidence to submit our lives to Him and to trust Him to be everything we need. Talk with your child about things that change in life. For example, the seasons, relationships, or age. What are the signs that these things change? Do you know when the changes will come? Explain to your child that no matter how things change, we serve a God who remains the same and who will consistently be there for us.
Option 2: Ask these questions to get your family thinking about change:
• What are some of the biggest technological changes you’ve witnessed in your lifetime? (Computers, work processors, cell phones, laser surgeries, Internet, robotics, etc.)
• When these technological advances were introduced, how did they change society? (Pace of life increased, ease of access to information, etc.)
• How did people remain the same? (People still struggle with self-control, pride, selfishness, etc. No matter how many advances we make, there remains the problem of the human condition: sin. The goal is to look to God as the constant solution to our constant problem.)
Today your child learned the older brother became angry and jealous when learning about the celebration. The father explained to the older son that anything he had was always his, and they should celebrate the younger brother’s return and forgive him. Our God Is Awesome; He is loving and forgiving.
Today your student learned God is unchanging. He is the same today as He was yesterday. He or she learned that, unlike us, God remains the same and is not influenced by circumstances. We can trust God’s Word because it is consistent. His promises are always true. When things around us change, we can turn to God because He is perfect and is unchanging.
Teens explored God’s unchanging nature and what that means in our lives. They saw that because He cannot change, God cannot be manipulated, lie, nor fail. Encourage your teen to trust in God’s strength. Remind him or her that we can trust in God and His Word completely because He does not change.