The Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.
~1 Samuel 15:29
A story appeared in the sports sections of all the major news services about a college basketball coach who couldn’t decide which job offer to take. Over the course of three days, he switched four times between three schools, citing personal and family matters as reasons for his vacillation. He finally ended up accepting an offer he had initially rejected, thankful that the school would give him a second chance.
The net result of this story would have merited only a small column on the interior of the sports section: “Coach resigns position at school A and accepts position at school C.” Nice to know, but not groundbreaking news. But the way the coach got to school C—A to C to B to A to C—put it on the front page (and probably made his new employer a bit nervous, thinking, “Is this how he runs a basketball team?”).
Why do we get nervous when people change their minds for less than obvious or understandable reasons? Because their decisions then appear to be made on the basis of a whim, an impulse, a feeling, or a mood. And we don’t like people making decisions that way—especially when the decisions affect us.
No less a spiritual authority than the prophet-priest, Samuel uses “man” as an example of what God is not like when it comes to being dependable and trustworthy. When announcing to Saul that God is taking the kingship of Israel away from him, Samuel warns Saul not to think that God will relent: “He is not a man, that he should change his mind.”
Why does Samuel position “man” as the opposite of God? Because in our natural state, we are the opposite of God. But by God’s grace and with his help, we can be trustworthy and dependable people. On this issue, we must never change our minds.
Father, I stand in awe that Your mind has been the same forever; it never changes! May I be trustworthy and reliable in my own life and relationships, with your gracious help. Amen.
~ Ken Boa
Dr. Boa is devoted to a ministry of relational evangelism and discipleship, teaching, writing, and speaking. He holds a B.S. in astronomy from Case Institute of Technology, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from New York University, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in England.