God—Changeless Eternal Principle

After Daniel had come forth unharmed from the lions' den, King Darius, marveling at the deliverance, said of God, whom Daniel worshiped and obeyed, "He is the living God, and stedfast for ever" (Daniel 6:26). This declaration by the king showed that he recognized God to be eternally unchangeable. It showed also that in a degree Darius had an understanding of God's nature similar to that possessed by Moses, who when blessing the tribes of Israel, on taking final leave of them before his ascent of Mount Nebo, said, "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deut. 33:27).

We rejoice that so long ago God was known as unchangeable, eternal. The understanding had not come in a day. It has to be admitted, however, that in Moses' time, as in Daniel's, the knowledge was not by any means general even among the Hebrews, for the majority of them still regarded God as changeable, even as mankind itself is changeable. Many thought of Him as a potentate, mighty indeed, but one who loved and hated, knew of good and evil, truth and error, as they themselves did.

Healing Chronic Poverty
August 14, 1937

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