Does God CHANGE his mind?
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Question: Has God ever decided to do, or not do, something, then change his mind?
Answer: God does change His mind, but it only seems to occur when people repent and change theirs. Sometimes He chooses not to punish someone after he has said that he would. Since he is merciful, He responds readily when people, with their whole hearts, repent. There are several examples in the Bible of God changing his mind or "repenting" of what he planned to do.
The first example is Nineveh, the capital of the ruthless Assyrian Empire. When Jonah visited the city he proclaimed repeatedly that in just forty days the city would be overthrown (Jonah 3:4). Unlike the hard-hearted inhabitants of Jerusalem on so many occasions, the pagan idolaters of Nineveh started to repent and put on sackcloth in order to humble themselves before God. They proclaimed a fast that even the king endorsed with a royal decree. His reason for the fast was the hope that God would change his mind (verse 9).
What was God's response to those in Nineveh who humbled themselves? He saw what they did and CHANGED HIS MIND. He decided not to destroy the city (verse 10)
A second interesting case of our Father changing His mind is when King Hezekiah asked to live after the Prophet Isaiah told him that he would soon die (See 2Kings 20:1 - 11). Upon hearing the news, the king prayed and wept saying that he had served the Lord well. God saw what the king did and told Isaiah to return to him to say that not only would he be healed, he would live another fifteen years (verses 5 - 6)! This example shows that we should pray even when a case seems hopeless since he can still choose to help us.
A third, rather striking example of God changing his mind concerns King Ahab of Israel. Ahab (who married Jezebel) was the WORST king who ruled ancient Israel. A prophet no less than Elijah was God's messenger to the king to warn him to repent and the consequences for not doing so (1Kings 16:30 - 33, 21:25)