Be Encouraged

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you cross rivers, you will not drown. When you walk through fire, you will not be burned, nor will the flames hurt you.  This is because I, the Lord, am your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. —Isaiah 43:2-3

 Change!

Who likes it? Why should things change? We like our life just the way it is?  Why do situations have to change?

Whichever way you look at life, circumstances have to change and they will change. Seasons change, days turn into weeks, weeks to months, months to years, to decades, and so on.  Babies grow and develop and mature…change.  Our attitudes change, our thoughts, our feelings change.  Even families change.  Children become adults, marry have children of their own and so the family dynamic changes.

So why do we resist some changes and not others?

Jesus was also faced with the problem change created in his day. The Pharisees questioned Jesus on why John the Baptist disciples fasted and His disciples did not fast (Mark 2:18-22).  Jesus pointed they were out of touch with reality because He was with them.  Change requires we adjust our thinking and see things in new ways.

Jesus’s coming caused so much change not only for the Jews but the whole world.

He was born to a virgin girl, His birth was announced to shepherds in a field, magi came from the east to worship Him, Jesus lived in poverty, and died a criminal death. Who would imagine this would happen to the Savior of the world!  Change!

Revelations 21:5 (NCV) remind us that, The One who was sitting on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this, because these words are true and can be trusted.”

Change is difficult but we can find comfort in the God who never changes.

Change is not only a part of life; change is a necessary part of God’s strategy. To use us to change the world, he alters our assignments.  Gideon: from farmer to general; Mary: from peasant girl to the mother of Christ; Paul: from local rabbi to world evangelist.  God transitioned Joseph from baby brother to an Egyptian prince.  He changed David from a shepherd to a king.

Max Lucado, Fear Not (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2009), p. 127

–Linda Blades-Smith, Connection Director

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