“So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.” Hebrews 6:17-18
After reading this passage, I have to ask myself, “Why do I ever falter in my faith when I have a God like this?” I have a God who is absolutely unchanging in his purpose and trustworthy in his character. I have a God who is simply incapable of telling a lie or even formulating the idea of a lie in his mind. And I have a God whose hope is the greatest gift this world has ever seen. His character is so much higher than anyone else’s that when he made an oath with Abraham, “he had no one greater by whom to swear, [so] he swore by himself” (Hebrews 6:13)!
Just when I think that it can’t get any better than that, I realize that it does. Not only is God completely sovereign, trustworthy, and unchanging, but He also wants us to know it. I mean, really know it. Do you hear the heart of God in verse 17? The writer of Hebrews states, “God desired to show more convincingly…the unchangeable character of his purpose.” Isn’t it interesting to see that God desires things? More importantly, that He desires for us to know things about himself so that we can understand him better? He wants so badly for us to grasp the unfailing nature of his character; he wants to convince us of it. You can almost hear the yearning of His heart as he asks us to believe that He is everything He says He is. To me, this is amazing. This is the heart of God that I love so much, and it is as great as his unchanging character.
But why does it matter so much to God that we understand who he is? Hebrews 6:18 answers this: so that we “might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.” It is for our benefit. He wants to encourage us with the absolute promise that we are secure in Him. He doesn’t want us to be unsure if we can really trust him. He doesn’t want us to walk around scared in life, fretting about the future, and desperately looking to someone or something on this earth to save us. He wants us to turn to him because he knows that he is the only one who can deliver on every single promise he makes. His very nature dictates that he will not fail us if we trust in him. If there is one thing we can hold fast to in this life, it is the true, unchanging character of God.