On my late night drive home after a long day at work the other day, my mind started wandering. I started thinking about change, especially when it comes to things concerning religion. It seems the older I get, the less I like it. I also, usually, relate it in a negative connotation. It seems like there is a little voice in my head… I hear, “danger Will Robinson, danger” whenever the topic comes up. After all, sin has a way of creeping in when we try to change things.
So I started asking myself, why is my default view of change a negative one? Couldn’t there be a positive side? After all, when one comes to a saving knowledge of Christ, doesn’t He renew our minds? Doesn’t He change our hearts? Aren’t these positive things…Why yes! Seems once again, the answer lies within God’s little answer book:
Hebrews 13:8- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Ok, He doesn’t change)
Joshua 1:9- Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Great, He’s always with you)
Deuteronomy 31:6- ..Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Again, He’s always there to protect)
James 1:17- Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (He’s unchanging & perfect)
2 Corinthians 4:16-18- So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (He’s knows everything…..we don’t & things of this earth are no comparison for an eternity with Christ)
2 Timothy 3:16-17- All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (His word is sufficient and again ..perfect)
Deuteronomy 29:29- The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law. (He knows everything, we don’t….only what He wants us to know)
So what’s the logical conclusion/ answer?
God is perfect, and always has been. He is always with us if we just care to look we can see His good work. He will take care of us in whatever situation we are in, so long as we submit to His Will and don’t rely on our own understanding.
The situation we’re facing is most likely part of a bigger picture, more than we realize or can ever see or understand. When looking for an answer, God’s perfect unchanging Word gives us comfort and is sufficient for our needs.
Bottom line: Changing our hearts and minds towards God is good. Change on man’s term is by nature, flawed. Change in our situation…not our problem. It doesn’t matter what life throws at you, God’s got it under control, we just have to be obedient. We have the Bible to teach and lead us. The Word comes from God and God is perfect….the rest doesn’t matter.
For me, and maybe as a word of encouragement for you, the next time you face a challenge or “change”. Resort back to your elementary school days: Stop, drop and roll. Stop thinking on man’s wisdom…Drop to your knees and pray…Roll into what the Bible has to say….you’ll find your answer!
I am so glad to be part of a bible believing church where God’s perfect word is the rule, not the exception!