The Challenge With Change

Grace For The Journey

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23June  The change I would like us to think about in today’s blog is not the change you might have in your pockets, or that’s lying around on the dresser, or in your car.  I’m talking about the change takes place every moment of every day.  And after changing diapers for four babies in our home, I have come to the profound conclusion that the only person who really likes change is a wet baby!

Every aspect of our lives is in a constant state of change . . . whether we like it or not. No matter who you are, or where you live, or what level of education you have completed, your life is a maze of twisting, turning changes . . . that may be for the better or the worse.  Our bodies are in a constant state of change.  Someone has said that we are all dying at the rate of 60 minutes an hour.  We lose hair.  We gain weight.  We need more energy and less stress.  Life is a constant challenge of change, and none of us can do anything about it.

But there is one thing in our lives that remains constant and unchanging.

The Bible says in Hebrews 18:3, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

The immutability of God (that is, His eternally unchanging nature) is a comfort to the Christian.  Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.  The Bible says in 1 Samuel 15:29, “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man, that He should change His mind.”  And in James 1:17 the Bible says that Jesus is “… the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

Now, that certainly does not mean that God is predictable or manageable!  He bursts into our lives at times when we least expect Him to show up.  And there are those times when we cry out to Him, but He seems to be silent.  But through it all, we can count on Him and trust in Him, because He does not change!

Now, inasmuch as we are in a constant state of change, nothing happens to us by accident or due to some random roll of the dice.  This may come as a surprise to some, but there is no such thing as “good luck” or “bad luck.”  Change has no sovereignty over our lives; only God is sovereign.   The Bible tells us in Daniel 5:23b, “God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways,” and in Matthew 10:27 we are told that not so much as a bird falls to the ground apart from His knowledge and will (Matthew 10:27).

God is seated on the throne, ruling over all the universe and sovereign over everything that happens, including all the changes we go through.  And the one change that we welcome most of all is the change that is being wrought in us by the Holy Spirit – who, if He is indwelling us by virtue of faith in Jesus Christ, is conforming us into the likeness of Christ.  Sometimes that change is painful, at other times it is disruptive.  Often it is utterly imperceptible to us.  But always it is for our good and the glory of God.

The work of the Gospel in our lives is the work of getting more of Jesus into us and more of us out.  As change in our lives is making us decrease and depend more and more on God, Jesus is increasing in our lives and anchoring us more firmly on the Rock of life.  As John the Baptist said, “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30).  Change is a good thing for the Christian, because it always passes through the nail-scarred hands of the Unchanging One.

A fitting close today comes from an unknown author: “Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.”

So . . . what do you choose today?

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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