Blog / Knowing God: His Immutable Attributes

How can Womenary help women know Christ and make Him known? One way is through this blog, a place for women to share what they learn. Written by Womenary students, these blogs are for anyone who desires to know God better, to see Him more clearly, to trust and rely on Him completely—all of which leads to a yearning to make Him known in all the communities they encounter in this current world. Why is this mission to know God and make Him known so important? Because this immutable (unchanging) God has thoughts and purposes much higher than ours. His unending attributes including His unfathomable grace are always for us and worth knowing.  Because trusting God’s full counsel over our lives becomes easier as we gain understanding of the whole  character of God.

Our world is becoming increasingly secular. Religion abounds but God plays no part. People embrace the religion of politics, sports, self, and sensuality. Why?

Has God gone away? No: “Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:23-24). King David knew the nearness of our Lord and both feared and praised Him. The same can be said for Abraham, Isaiah, Mary, Peter, James, Paul, and many others from Scripture. A.W. Tozer, C.S. Lewis, and Jackie Hill Perry would agree.

Are the ways of God old-fashioned and irrelevant? No: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17, NIV). Our immutable God is always current, always appropriate.

Does God keep Himself private and unable to be known? No: For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them (Romans 1:19). God revealed Himself most specifically through the sending of His Son: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). And God even revealed His purpose for our knowing more about Him: All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (2Timothy 3:16-17). God desires for us to know Him because He knows it is the best way for us.

If the problem does not lie with God, let’s try us. Have we found other, temporal gods that satisfy now without constraining us? Yes. Have we dismissed history for more modern and progressive ideas? Yes. Does looking to self for truth and happiness seem easier to accomplish? Yes. The Yes answers have it, whether we say Yes to these completely or embrace the Yes in some ways while holding to God in part. But for how long? Do these alternatives last?

The current answers and quests for what satisfies have one major flaw. Eternity. They all lack an eternal Hope—an infinite punch, as it were. With just a scratch-the-surface study of God one learns that He is Eternal. Only God is Infinite. Only God is the answer of all time, for all time.

Okay. But why should anyone strive to learn more about God in a pursuit for satisfaction in life?

What is so compelling about God?

THESE are the questions our Womenary Blog will answer throughout 2023. Join us and lean in to learn about “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty” (Exodus 34:6-7).

Each writer will expound on one attribute of the Ancient of Days, sharing her own thoughts and revelations about God. It is our hope that these musings will invigorate and inform your own devotion to the full character of the Almighty. He is so worth being known, and so worthy to be praised! A life spent knowing Christ and making Him known is a life well-lived! If only the whole world would hear, listen, and respond.

All Scripture verses are ESV unless otherwise noted.

Elizabeth Murphy

Elizabeth Murphy has been following Christ since she was 17. Although this road has not always been straight, she has seen God’s hand in every detour. Elizabeth is blessed with and by her husband of 30 years, John, and 2 grown daughters. As an educator, she has been able to feed her insatiable desire to learn every day and share learning with others. Elizabeth became a student of Womenary in 2016. From the Bible to theology to cozy mysteries, Elizabeth is always absorbed in reading. This still leaves time for enjoying travel with her husband, walking, old movies, and time with extended family and friends. Elizabeth loves to walk alongside fellow Christ-chasers—learning and laughing through life.
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