I am a person who believes in change. I think that change is necessary for growth – whether talking about an individual, a group, a business, etc. Granted not all change is necessarily good, and I will admit to being a creature of habit. Sometimes change can definitely push me out of my personal comfort zone.
This year has definitely seen changes the like of which most of us could not have imagined. And I’m not going to offer an opinion on whether or not I think those changes have been good or bad, but they are unusual in that everyone is dealing with them as opposed to a select group. I find that to be fascinating and whether or not I embrace all these changes, just the act of considering how I feel about them has forced me to think about things that I might not have otherwise taken the time to ponder.
I am beyond grateful that although our world has changed drastically and continues to change, our God has not changed.
“I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob are not destroyed.” Malachi 3:6
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
He is the same today as He was yesterday and I find that to be incredibly reassuring. No matter what sorts of challenges or changes we face, no matter how uncomfortable or scared or angry those changes might make us, they are inconsequential compared to our Lord’s majesty and might. His grace has saved us. His love is steadfast. His power is beyond measure. And his promises will never fail.
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8
That is a very heartening sentiment. We do NOT walk alone … ever. Although the changes we face can be frightening or at least disconcerting, our God has already prevailed against these worldly concerns. When the world presses in, when rumors abound, when the media has nothing but bad news on, when everything else seems poised to agitate … turn instead to the Good News that our Lord has for us. Ruminate on these words …
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think on these things.” Philippians 4:6-8
Offered by Pam Jones
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