God’s love is so vast and so deep that He changes His mind to act on behalf of His all the time
I grew up being told that our yes should be yes and our no should be no in the context that changing our minds/plan goes against God. A verse from 2 Corinthians 1:17 is quoted a lot when condemning people for changing their minds. However, when read in context, we see that what Paul is referring to here is that when we say yes, we mean yes and when we say no, we mean no. It’s literally that simple. Basically, we aren’t lying about our response whether it be yes or no just to appease people. When you read that verse in context, you see that Paul was actually addressing the fact that he cancelled his 2 trips to Corinth in order to spare them sorrow from being rebuked by him.
There’s also another verse, Number 23:19, that also speaks to yes being yes and no being no; God not being man to change His mind. However, we must be cautious place what we quote into proper context as to not use scripture to condemn, control, and manipulate others.
God’s nature never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
A person’s nature is not equal to their thoughts and plans. The same goes for God. There are numerous occasions God changed His mind and I’m going to cite the passages here for you to perform your own research. Some are multiple verses and some are a single verse, but I highly encourage you read around these passages to ensure you are reading it in context. Don’t take my word for it. Each and every time His mind was changed, it was out of His love for His people.
- Isaiah 38:1-5
- Exodus 32:14
- Jonah 3:1-10
- Amos 7:2-6
- Jeremiah 18:7-8
- Jeremiah 26:13
- Jeremiah 42:10
There will be more from me on this topic, but for now I leave you with these few examples of God’s amazing love and desire that no one perish. God is so awesome and His love so deep that when His people pray He is moved and in all the passages above, His mind was changed.
P.S. I’m not saying that it’s ok to be flakey. I’m placing into context a passage that is often use to control and manipulate people into doing something that they may not be led to do just because they originally made a commitment. If Holy Spirit guides us into changing plans out of love for His people and because it will result in the maximum amount of blessings, then we must follow the lead of the Holy Spirit. We cannot stay so committed to our plans and our ways that when Holy Spirit directs us to change course we don’t because we believe this lie that minds can never be changed. Holy Spirit will always guide us according to wisdom.
P.P.S. This topic is very vast and will covered in my book