But once he has made his decision, who can change his mind? Whatever he wants to do, he does.- Job 23:13
Job continued to try to defend himself from the attacks and onslaught from his “friends” They now accused him of having to have done some kind of wrong in order for God to have taken away all he has. They listed all the various possible scenarios that must have been the cause. Job then turned about and said that God does what he chooses to do,and there is no one who can change his mind.
Did you know that it is literally impossible for God to change his mind? Yes we read in the Bible where God said one thing or was going to do one thing only to have people intercede on the behalf of others. The truth is that God cannot change! Look it up in scripture. He is not a man that he should lie. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore, God cannot change his mind. What it amounts to is that the language we have in the Word is used for our human comprehension to describe how God tested people’s faith in a given situation.
Take Hezekiah for a moment. God told Isaiah to tell Hezekiah to pack it in because he had three days to live, but the king went and pleaded his case before God. The result was God granting the king 15 years more to live. Remember that God knows all and knows the end from the beginning. He knows what we will do before we do it: Thus, to test us, not tempt us, he will present a situation that depends on whether we change our minds about the issue. Then it seems like God changed his mind, but in reality, it was our minds based on our exercising our faith that changed the outcome of the situation.
Oh Father, righteous and fair are you, but how glorious are all your ways! Your thoughts exceed all that we think or imagine. I am glad that you don’t change and cannot change your mind. If you changed your mind, then this life would be a farce. You set out the course of humanity from the very beginning knowing what good and evil would transpire at our hands. Yet, you loved us enough to slay your Son, Jesus, before the foundation of the world was laid. You test us to see if we will obey and change our ways, or repent, of what we were doing and should be doing instead. All your ways are sure; all your ways are good. May you be exalted high above all! Your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.