Month of October 2018
Change is hard. If our body doesn’t work the way it used to or when we lose our job, fear and anxiety happens. And when a loved one dies (Helen Brewer), a best friend moves(Becky Webb), and the phone doesn’t ring like it used to, our heart hurts. Sometimes change is not just hard. It is painful. But whether we like it or not, living life involves change. Relationships change. Locations change. Jobs change. We change. Life is change. The longer we live, the more we know the only thing constant in our life is change. Whether our changes seem hard or make us happy, change teaches us that life is fragile, uncertain and temporary. Nothing lasts forever.
But there is one thing that lasts forever, God. “For I, the LORD, do not change…” (Malachi 3:6a). God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Whether we move, change jobs, experience relational, physical or emotional changes, God is the constant and dependable anchor. Not only does God stay the same but so do God’s loving plans for us that are based in God’s Word. Isaiah 40:8 tells us “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (ESV). God’s Word is dependable, so we can find comfort in our relationship with Him whatever change comes our way.
There are many things I can’t control, but I can depend on God to be a refuge in times of trouble, provide comfort to my hurting heart and give guidance through God’s Word. Nothing that’s happened to us surprised God. And because God does not change and is faithful to all generations (Psalm 119:90), we can trust God to carry us through whatever changes we face. If God has allowed a change in our lives, may that change motivate us to draw closer to God, closer to one another and closer to God’s Word. May we let God be our refuge, our comfort and our strength.