Unchanging Truths from God's Word

 
Michael Page | July 15th 2021

The Bible encourages and reminds God’s people about who he is and why we can trust him. It helps us to have confidence when we are feeling uncertain about our circumstances or anxious about the future.

This year we're celebrating our 30th anniversary as a company. As we've reflected on 30 years of opening up the Bible together, we asked some of our staff to share an unchanging truth from God's word that is particularly precious to them, which they come back to again and again for encouragement.

May you be encouraged to open up God's word and remember his faithfulness, too.

1. God is trustworthy.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6 ‭

The reason that this verse has been so helpful to me is that I tend to lean on my own understanding of God's work in my life and in the world around me. There is so much about his perfect plan that I simply do not understand in the moment, but as I trust the Lord for each step on my spiritual journey, each decision, God will lay out his path before me. 

This doesn't imply that the path will be an easy path to follow, but that God will make it clear the direction he would have me take. God is good, his steadfast love endures forever - great is his faithfulness! - Geoff Dennis

2. God is for the sinner.

“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” - Mark 2:17

Like many Christians, I tend to look at my own performance, and either see achievements and make those the reason for me being right in my own eyes and being able to come to God, or I see my failures and I think they are a barrier to my relationship with God.

But in this story in Mark, seeing Jesus sharing a meal with the worst people in society, and saying to the self-righteous Pharisees, “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners," reminds me that God is for me, even though I am a sinner. I don’t have to parade my achievements. I don’t have to hide my failures from others or God. But seeing Jesus, God’s Son, come to earth to mix with the worst people and serve them by dying for them, is a wonderful encouragement and reminder that he is for me, and he loves me, even though I am a sinner. - Mus Yusuf

3. God’s grace is greater.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” - Ephesians 2:8

God's grace is before all. We've got good works to do, but only because God has already saved us entirely out of his own great love for us. - Tom Beard

4. God reveals his glory through his people.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” - Matthew 5:14

In this verse, Jesus is comparing Christians to a city on a hill, shining brightly. I sometimes forget how wide the influence of my own ministry is, especially as a woman in the church. My own love of the Lord radiates out from the Holy Spirit within me, spreading light, joy and love to others. - Katie Thompson

5. God works through our weaknesses.

“ ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” - 2 Corinthians 12:9

It is so comforting to know that even when I am weak, the Lord redeems my weakness to show his power. It’s a great comfort to me, because I am especially weak! - Abigail Talbott

"Modern philosophies tell us that the universe is cold, unfeeling and without meaning—and so we have to invent our own. But at the heart of the Bible is something quite different and far more wonderful—a relationship of love."

6. God’s love underpins the universe.

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” - John 17:24

Modern philosophies tell us that the universe is cold, unfeeling and without meaning—and so we have to invent our own. But at the heart of the Bible is something quite different and far more wonderful—a relationship of love. Christians believe that God has revealed himself as a Trinity: Father, Son and Spirit united in self-giving mutually submissive love.

It is this love that is at the heart of the gospel message—a love that brought Jesus to live and die for us, so that we could be rescued and brought into that relationship of purposeful love at the heart of the universe. This is the powerful truth that I cling to and turn to when times are hard, or when my trust wavers. - Tim Thornborough

7. God is all-sufficient.

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” - 2 Peter 1:3

God is sufficient and gives sufficiently. We lack nothing needed to live a life pleasing to him, and when we are weak and fail, his grace covers us too. - Bethany McIlrath

8. God’s love is deeper still.

“...he gives us more grace.” - James 4:6

The longer I am a Christian, the more I understand not just with my head but with my heart how much I need, and will always need, God’s grace to sustain my faith and forgive my failings. 

On my better days these five words remind me that I’m still a sinner who needs grace; on my worst days, they assure me that however deep my sin, his love is deeper still. And the “us” spurs me to keep pointing my brothers and sisters back to his grace rather than their efforts, too. - Carl Laferton

9. God gives hope in all circumstances.

“...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” - Hebrews 12:2

Whether it's a good or bad season, this verse always reminds me of who I need to look to rather than focusing on circumstances, and it helps me to remember the eternal hope we have in Jesus. - Sayuri Kato

"When something hard happens, if we look at it through biblical eyes, we have to see that it is God's loving gift to us. That may seem a bit hard to get our heads round, but I find it immensely comforting when life is tough."

10. God is sovereign and good.

“I will exalt you, my God the King … Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom … The LORD is good to all.” - Psalm 145:1, 3, 9

The unchanging truth that keeps me going is that God is both Sovereign, so always in control, and Good. The Puritans used to say that the Lord is “too wise to err and too loving to be unkind”. 

So when something hard happens, if we look at it through biblical eyes, we have to see that it is God's loving gift to us. That may seem a bit hard to get our heads round, but I find it immensely comforting when life is tough. - Alison Mitchell

11. God keeps his promises.

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.’ ” - Hebrews 13:5-6

This verse reminds me of Jesus' rock-solid faithfulness through everything.

The Lord Jesus never breaks a promise. So if he has said “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you,” he will definitely keep it. I have certainly experienced his faithfulness through this past year and seen how he has come through in many ways. He has proved his faithfulness and that only encourages me to trust him more. 

We do not need to be afraid since the Lord truly is our helper in every circumstance. - Anton Joubert

12. God alone saves us.

"And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory." - Ephesians 1:13-14 

Ephesians was the first book of the Bible I read after becoming a Christian, and I was blown away by the realization that salvation is from start to finish a work of God. It was his kindness, not my intellect, that brought me to repent and believe, and it's by his grace alone that all Christians—me included—are saved finally and forever. To the praise of his glory! - Peter Anderson

It has been our privilege to serve alongside you over the past 30 years by publishing books that help you to open up the Bible.

Is there an unchanging truth from God’s word that is precious to you and has been a source of encouragement during your Christian walk? We’d love to hear it! Share yours below in the comments or send it to us at publicity@thegoodbook.com.

Michael Page

Michael is our Digital Marketing Assistant, working on all things video and social media. Before joining the marketing team at TGBC, he spent time at CNN where he contributed to an Emmy award-winning animated series. He attends Cheam Baptist Church.