Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- November 7, 2010
“When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.” Acts 8:39
Change can happen fast. It may be a health change. It could be a career change. It may be a good or bad change involving finances. Life is about cycles of change. A relationship can be here today and gone tomorrow. It is nobody’s fault, but it is part of God’s process. Many times He is behind change. God is the ultimate change agent. He changes seasons.
He changes hearts. He changes weather. He changes life to death. He changes death to life. He can convene change because He never changes. It is reassuring to rest in our unchanging heavenly Father. But, it can be disconcerting to experience change, especially sudden change. It is this unpredictability that rattles our cages.
We like life neat and in clearly defined categories—but the reality of life is change. Categories become redefined and their locations shift. This is where you need to remain nimble. Do not become set in your ways. Anything you hold with a tight fist is a candidate for God’s removal.
You cannot trust Him with everything but then leave out this one thing. Trust in God is all-inclusive. Anything that you exempt from God’s trust can be easily removed. Change may be a part of God’s process of shaking loose anything you may be gripping too tightly. This change is an opportunity to trust. Proper perspective is critical during change. Look at change as a friend not a foe.
Remember that God’s change is what is best for all parties. Those you have invested in are changed forever. Some have been changed for eternity because they have met Jesus and have received Him by faith into their lives. Others have been changed from timid believers to bold followers of Christ. Fear has changed to peace.
Sadness has changed to joy. God has used you to facilitate positive change in the lives of people. The most effective way to deal with change is to anchor your faith in your unchanging heavenly Father. He is your compass during a storm of change. He is your moral conscience as temptations assault you during change.
He is your rock of hope when the fear of change floods your soul. He is your stability as you experience the instability of change, especially quick change. Do not be crushed by the swelling waves of change. Instead, ride them to a deeper walk with Jesus. Use change as an invitation into a closer relationship with Jesus.
Look to God as the conductor who is orchestrating your current concert of change. Listen for the harmony and the melody that He has beautifully composed just for you. Change is not a shrill noise to be tolerated. Change is God’s pleasant ode inviting you to intimacy with the Almighty. Yes, this change may seem abrupt and discombobulated.
But once you process the initial shock, take it as a sign of the Spirit’s work. Sometimes we need a jolt to drive us to Jesus. You don’t want to get too comfortable. Change is inevitable. Change is God’s tool to mold us more into the image of His son Jesus.
Follow the Holy Spirit and you will change, people around you will change and circumstances will change. Change means that God is at work. Be concerned only if you are not changing. You can trust God explicitly during this change. However quick or calculated change has been, He is unchanging and can be trusted!
Taken from the Dose 26 reading in Boyd Bailey’s Infusion. This 90-day devotional book is a compilation of the reader’s favorites from Wisdom Hunters daily devotional. Andy Stanley says, “I have walked with Boyd for over 20 years and I am definitely wiser for it. You are going to love this book!”
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