God Is a Consistent Father
By Rick Warren
— September 12, 2010
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17 (NIV)
"God never has a bad day. He doesn't wake up grumpy. He's not moody. He doesn't get up on the wrong side of the bed. He's consistent and faithful. "
You can count on God. He's dependable, reliable. He is worthy of your trust.
Some of you know fathers who are unpredictable, unreliable, or fickle. They're always changing, depending on the mood they're in. Inconsistent fathers produce insecure children.
But the Scripture says God never has a bad day. He doesn't wake up grumpy. He's not moody. He doesn't get up on the wrong side of the bed. He's consistent and faithful.
2 Timothy 2:13 says, "If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself." Even when I'm unfaithful, God is faithful. Even when I'm inconsistent, God is consistent. Even when I'm unreliable, God is reliable. No matter what else is changing in the world, there is one thing I can count on: God always acts the same way toward me. He is loving and He is consistent regardless of my mood. He loves me just as much on my bad days as on my good days.
God says it himself in Malachi 3:6, "I, the Lord, do not change." (NIV) That is good news!
The number one problem with children and parents -- why more children rebel than any other reason, why there are more hurt feelings and damage done in relationships between parent and child -- the number one cause of resentment between parent and child is broken promises. "One of these days... I promise". And "one of those days" never comes.
But God is consistent. "What a God he is! How perfect in every way! All his promises prove true!" (Proverbs 18:30 LB) If God says it, count on it! He's always faithful. He's always just the same way.