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Our Unchangeable God

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 Our God is Unchangeable, By Ann Rogers

 
Last week, I was sitting in a church service and the Holy Spirit whispered to me that I was going to be called up to sing. I got nervous and remembered that I had left all of my sound tracks sitting on my desk, so what was I to do? In a flash, the Holy Ghost said, “Sing, The God on the Mountain”. I recorded this song years ago and I have the track, but I have not sang it in church for many years. A peace and calm came over me as I mulled over the words in my mind, making sure that I remembered them all. Within 5 minutes, I was on the stage and I had no doubt that I was in God's presence. Isn't it wonderful how God reminds us of His faithfulness, stability and unchanging Word in times of trial and weakness? As I sang, I felt the Holy Spirit speaking to me of all of these traits and characteristics; of His nature and His desire to prove to all of His children that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. That feeling and that anointing that I felt is still with me this morning. There is power in WORDS and when we listen to them in our hearts and don't just sing them to be heard, these words minister hope and security to our very being. When the anointing is present, talent is elementary; beautiful music is not ever considered and a lovely singing voice is not even what matters. It is the message that is going forth in power and strength. Energy charges through your being and suddenly, the doubts and fears of your present trial dissipates. Needless to say, I didn't come down the same way I went up to the stage. O, no one noticed, but I did and that is what matters!
 
I did some research on the song as I felt that God was trying to convey a message to me and to those who hear me preach His Word. The song was written in 1973 by Tracy Dartt. Tracy was near death from renal kidney failure and God proved His faithfulness to him time and time again. He sang the song with his immediate family, but in 1988, The McKameys' made it famous. Since then, the song has been recorded by over 200 well known artists and in 8 different languages. These artist include Jake Hess, Jessy Dixon, John Starnes and many more. It was nominated for a Dove award and jumped to the top of the charts in 1988 when recorded live by The McKameys. It stayed at Number One for 5 months. It is also known to be the most played song on the radio in the history of Southern Gospel Music during it's popular period. All of this information says that people need hope. They need a message that speaks to them of God's unfailing love and faithfulness to them in times of crisis. All the talent in the world means nothing when darkness is all you can see. During these times, God speaks to us of His unchanging character and that is what sees us through the darkness and brings us into the light.
 
This song is also very biblical. I Kings 20 records the story of a time when God's people were in danger of being annihilated by an enemy army of Syria. Ahab was king at the time and he was known for being a coward and was very wicked. Yet in spite of the nation's sin and his, God still loved Israel. King Ben-hadad, whose name means “lifted up”, came with harsh and threatening words, but God sent a prophet to Ahab to lead a charge against him, using the small armies of Israel. Verse 16, Ben-hadad was drunk and all the 32 kings with him, providing themselves with a false sense of security. When a small band of soldiers came out of Samaria to face Ben-hadad, he thought capturing them would be a piece of cake. But God.......! Verse 20, Syria was smitten and fled and Ben-hadad, (lifted up) barely escaped on horseback, and fell very low. The prophet told Ahab to go rest and regroup and to prepare because the Syrians would not give up and would be back to fight again by the year's end. Meanwhile, in Syria, the enemy armies were encouraging themselves with these words that Tracy Dartt made read in his song. Ben-hadad's counselors said to him, “Their gods are gods of the hills, therefore they were stronger than we; but let us fight against them in the plain (valley) and surely, we shall be stronger than they (Verse 23). They said “make you an army just like the one you lost and we'll fight them in the valley and surely we will win” (Verse 25). Israel prepared for war, but Verse 27 says that compared to the Syrian army, they looked like 2 little flocks of baby goats. The Syrians filled the country side. A prophet rose up and told Israel what Syria believed. That being, that their God could only win wars in the mountains; that down in a valley, he was weak and powerless. And God said “because they have said this, I will show my power and deliver this great multitude into your hands”. Friends, we'd better be careful what we say and think about God. He is listening to the challenges that the enemy makes and words stir up His power and vengeance belongs to Him. The story records that 7 days later, 127 thousand Syrians lay dead. Ben-hadad (lifted up) learned that our God can win in a valley as well as on a high mountain. Location means nothing to God! He is the same wherever and whenever you need Him. Yes, the God of the day is still God in the night!
 
The real truth revealed in this story is not about Ahab, it is about God, the true God, the living God! Syria had said in Verse 23 that Israel had “gods”, plural, but truth is they had one God! And Syria had assumed incorrectly that Israel's god was changeable in that He only operated successfully on the mountain-top experiences of life. But they soon found out that our God does not change via our circumstances! He is the same in the valley as He is on the mountain top. He is God when I'm low and He is God in my high places! My sickness, lack or even death does not change Him! He is stable, unmovable and unchangeable! Thousands of years later, the Apostle Paul in Romans 8:35-39 that we, His children, are inseparable from our God. Adversities have come to God's people of all generations; no one is exempt from trials and afflictions such as tribulations, persecutions and lack. But Paul tells us that, in all these things, we are more than conquerors. Why? Because our God does not change with our changing circumstances. Notice in Verse 35 and in Verse 39, Paul mentions God's love that we have been freely given through His son, Jesus. That love supersedes any trial, sickness or attack of the enemy. Yes, we get down in the valley but in valley times, our God remains faithful. He does not love us any less when we are in despair! When that changes and we are on the mountain of success and victory, we need to still count our blessings and remember that it was He alone who brought us there.
 
Thank you, Tracy Dartt, for listening to the voice of God and for penning such a message of hope and consolation for the Body of Christ! The God on the Mountain is still God in the valley!
 
Scriptures for reference: Hebrews 13:8, Malachi 3: 6, Numbers 23:19, Psalm 89:6-13 and Psalm 125
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