Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Women in the Word Wednesday: Change

I hate change.  I don't know of very many people who love it.  We have had some change in our lives lately with jobs, friend relocations, kids' routines/needs, etc. 

Why do we hate change?  I think it is mostly selfish. . .

*We don't like to take the time to re-establish relationships or make new ones
*We dislike a new routine, which upsets our ongoing schedule and challenges our priorities
*We will miss the constant support and encouragement we have from relationships that change in location or situation
*We like being comfortable and knowing what to expect
*We fear trials or difficult situations that might arise with change
*We don't fully trust God with our plans

That last point is the main problem if we are Christians, and we all struggle with this.  The top five are issues, but the foundation of the problem is that we don't completely trust God and accept that He knows best.  We think what we want is best, and what our flesh wants is comfort and ease.

If we look at examples in the Bible, God often stretches His children with change and unknown circumstances or trials.  From Genesis to Revelation, we are called to trust as God sovereignly orchestrates change and direction.  Ask Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Mary, Jesus, Peter, the disciples, or Paul, just to name a few. 

If you are facing change today, think about it with an eternal perspective.  Know, if you are a Christian, it comes directly from God's hand and has been lovingly and sovereignly assigned to you.  It is often not easy, but he gives us tools of peace, comfort and much grace in the stretching process.  Trust with joy and a firm grasp of God's faithfulness.

He is growing you in the likeness of your Savior, Christ Jesus.  What could be more beautiful and good?

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this one hits home!! Thank you for these encouraging words, and gracious reminders to trust God fully in the change (and trials)!


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