June 19, 2018

Three Truths to Help During Times of Change

Written by Shana Schutte

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 19, 2018

By Shana Schutte

I have loved you with an everlasting love.  Jeremiah 31:3

Over the last few years I’ve been joking with my husband that when I get out of bed in the morning, my body is immediately awake, but that it takes my face another sixty minutes to come alive. Since turning 50, there are days when I don’t recognize myself with my new wrinkles. But my face isn’t the only thing that is different these days, so is my resistance to change.

Up until my early 40s, I was the poster child for adventure.  I embraced change easily and felt sorry for others who didn’t live on the edge because it was so much fun trusting God for the unknown! Now that I’m older, I find that I want to hold onto security. There are days when I don’t want anyone to rock the boat of my life, not even God! I hate to say it but I have become more change resistant.

Recently, as I contemplated some potential changes that are coming my family’s way in the next 12 months, I considered three truths to hold onto when change is inevitable.

God is interested in addition, not subtraction. The point of any change God brings into our lives is not to take away from us, ruin us, or hurt us. It’s always to add to us and our lives. Sometimes we get so focused on what we are losing that we forget that God is always adding to our story. For example, He loves to add the fruits of the Spirit to us. (Who doesn’t want more joy and love?!) and He often adds unexpected blessings we would have never known had we not experienced change. Even when something must be subtracted from our lives for change to occur, God always adds something good in its place.

God’s love for you never changes. During those times when change is inevitable, there is one thing that will never change: God’s love. It’s as steady as the sunrise and every day He is with you and sees you. He knows your name, knows what you need, and every challenge you experience because of your change. Call out to Him and lean on Him during times of uncertainty. He understands and His love never fails.

God always works change out for greater glory. Often when we are experiencing change, we’re focused on the discomfort of the moment. We’re worried about moving to a new city or a new home and starting over. We’re troubled by leaving the job we have had for so many years to start a new one. But God is looking at things from an eternal perspective, and He is weaving the changes we experience into His forever story. The changes you experience now, when used for His glory, will echo into the halls of heaven. You never know how that move you make or that new job you take will be the reason someone comes to know Him—or know Him more fully.  

As I write, I am reminding myself to be open to change. How about you?

“The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:17b)

 

Prayer

Lord, thank you every change that you bring into my life is for good. You know what you are doing. Help me to surrender to you and trust you. Amen.

Application

Are you in the middle of change and are you resisting God’s will? Pray today and tell Him that you are grateful He is adding something to your life, that His love never fails, and that He is working your change out for eternal good.

Related Reading

Ecclesiastes 3:1; Hebrews 13:8; Romans 8:28

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