In my quiet time this morning, I realized I was sitting on 25 year old couches, looking at faux-finish painted walls which were all the rage about … 25 years ago, wearing a robe that is, yes, you guessed it, almost 25 years old.
I do not love change – even if it’s my idea! But, just because I hate change does not mean it doesn’t happen anyway.
Things break and wear out. Children grow up and move away. Friends take on new interests and invite you to join them or leave you behind. Opportunities evolve and disintegrate.
God uses change.
Change is how God gets our attention and stretches our trust in him. Without change, I get stuck in patterns and habits that become familiar, self-reliant, and possibly destructive.
In Judges 7, Gideon (a farmer with no military experience) was interrupted from his wheat threshing to go fight several hundred thousand Midianites with only 300 men, each armed with a torch, a trumpet and a pitcher!
In Exodus 9, God commanded the shepherd Moses, (a man with a speech impediment), to return to Egypt, (a land he’d fled to avoid prosecution for murder), to talk Pharaoh into freeing millions of slaves.
Change engages our trust because there is a big difference between believing God IS, and trusting God WILL provide the support, the words, the victory, the healing or the way through change on time and in time!
Over the years, Holy Spirit has whispered,“Trust me,” more times than I can count. But I counter with. What if I can’t do this thing you’re asking of me, God?
See, I know there is a God in Heaven who loves and cares about me. I know that nothing is impossible for Him. I know that all the promises in the Bible are as true today as when they were written.
But, I often have a disconnect. I believe that even though God can do all things, there is a distinct possibility he might not.
When faced with contentious elections, an ugly diagnosis, rebellious children, financial crisis, disorder or chaos of any kind, the temptation is to falter – not in belief of who God is, but into distrust that He will.
Even though we know God IS, fear displaces our trust because we don’t know if God WILL.
We don’t trust that God will make things turn out the way we want them … in time or on time.
Flex trust muscles.
How can I, how can you, flex those trust muscles?
1. Embrace change.
Knowing that change is one way God speaks to our hearts and challenges our faith to new levels, remind yourself:
Change is challenging.
Change is inevitable.
Change is necessary.
2. Study His Word
When we study God’s word, we see His faithfulness to all the heroes and heroines of the Bible. You can muster the faith to embrace change and trust God by knowing his love, knowing his character and hearing his voice.
3. Review your history.
Remind yourself of all the things that have not killed you. Review the many times you feared the end of a relationship or financial ruin or a health crisis that not only passed, but fortified your faith in God!
Change is hard, of that there is no doubt, but knowing God uses it to draw us closer and make us stronger does help face it, trusting Him to get us through it.
I don’t love change, but I do love God and trust him to lead me through all the changes I face.
I’d love to hear how you’re embracing changes in these crazy days. Leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to read every word.
Verse for today: No temptation (trial or changes) has overtaken you except something common to mankind; and God is faithful, so He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13 NASB
Prayer: God, it’s so easy to stay stuck, afraid of making the wrong move and trying so hard to avoid pain or discomfort. Show your face to us and lead us past the changes that keep us from experiencing your power and love in wonderful ways. In Jesus Name amen