Trusting Our Unchanging God in a Changing World
By Judy Fussell
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:5-6 (NIV)
Change is a constant as we move through life. Day becomes night. The seasons, weather, plants, animals, and people are constantly changing. Sometimes change can be so subtle that we don’t even recognize it until we look back at photos from the past.
Circumstances change. Many times we experience joy and excitement as things change. However, some changes leave us feeling vulnerable, overwhelmed, and fearful. This can lead to worry and feelings of helplessness.
Often we are simply called to leave our comfort zones for a new experience or ministry. We feel uncomfortable and resist that change with excuses or avoidance, knowing in our heart, it is probably fear that keeps us trapped in a place of familiarity.
As a Christian, we have a Savior who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) Christ came to earth as a man and experienced human emotions, pain, and hurt. He is now our Advocate before the Father and understands our situation. He is an unchanging source of strength for us in a constantly changing world.
It is vital for us, as Christians, to feed daily upon God’s Word. His Word becomes planted within our hearts, and during times of struggle, we can draw from that source when we face discomforting changes. His Word is powerful and gives peace to the soul in the midst of chaos.
As followers of Christ, we are told to change. Christ said we must become like little children. A child is trusting. (Matthew 18:3) We must trust God no matter our changing circumstances. Also in Scripture, we are told to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. This means we learn the truths of God and then live and think accordingly. Our actions are a result of our thinking.
We all will be faced with changes as we live and grow. We may not have control of circumstances, but we do have control of our attitude. Will we grumble and complain our way through change, or will we find comfort and joy in knowing that we serve a loving God who never changes?
Change is difficult, but as I look back over the years, I can see how God used difficult changes in my life to grow me. I am stronger and more confident in the Lord as a result.
Are you experiencing the growing pains of change? Trust our unchanging God to see you through!
Father, You placed us in a changing world, and You even ask us to change. You understand how difficult change can be. Help us to know that often there is “no gain without some pain”. Thank You that we are secure in Your unchanging presence! You will never leave nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5). It’s in the precious name of Jesus Christ that we pray, Amen.
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Originally published Tuesday, 21 March 2017.