Psalm 119:89 “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.”
Have you ever said something that you wish you could take back? Who hasn’t said things they regret? How often do we go off on incomplete information, saying things before we know both sides of a story, then living to regret what we said? And think about the many things that are said in just about every area of life or discipline of study. Things that men were so certain of at one time were later found to be in error – sometimes great error.
Well, is God like that? Does he say things that He has to take back? Does He ever learn anything, and because of that have to adjust His commentary on a matter? When Darwin opined that all life was derived from lower life forms, was God surprised, and have to correct all that He had told us about creation in Genesis? When scientists said that life came from non-living things, did God stand corrected in that He had spoken for He had now suddenly realized that what is had just appeared from nothing. Did any created thing, especially man, ever have anything to add to the One that had created him? Could the clay teach the potter anything?
The clear answer to these questions, based on the verse above, is “Of course not!” When God speaks, He speaks on the basis of omniscience. He knows everything. He has never had to take back anything He has ever said and He never will. When God speaks, He speaks the absolute and eternal truth. Men may bumble and fumble around with their theories that run counter to what God has said, but in the end, they will always stand corrected, and hopefully at some point they will come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved (1 Timothy 2:4), i.e., saved from ignorance, saved from slavery to darkness, and saved from the wrath to come upon all those who have believed Satan’s lies rather than the eternal Truth of the Living God.
Jesus reiterated in no uncertain terms what the psalmist, as inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote in Psalm 119:89 above. Jesus said “For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished (Matthew 5:18).” God’s Word is certain. It is fixed. It never needs to be corrected. And when our ideas run counter to it, may God help us to realize, before it’s too late, that we need to change the way we think, for His ways and His thoughts are above ours as the heavens are above the earth (Isaiah 55:9).