Is it a fair statement to say that we are living in a world of change today? It seems that every aspect of our lives is changing. Few things are the same as they were just a few weeks ago. Of course, we expect change in our lives. We wouldn’t expect to be the same person at age 60 as we were at the age of 16. If we were, we might need to do some self-examination.
We sometimes fear, become anxious when change is about to occur, or has occurred. The reason for that is because we feel as if we have lost control of certain facets of our lives.
But the changes we are experiencing just now have been massive disruptions in our lives. Changes which have caused people to wonder if the world we now know is the “new normal, and is this what our lives will be like for the unforeseeable future? How can we find our way in this new normal life? We see so much confusion, and turmoil, and uncertainty.
Well, for those of us who know Jesus Christ as Lord, the answers to our questions and concerns become more evident. We know all is not lost. We know we have hope. We know we are not along in our journey through this life.
We find in the Word (Hebrews 13:8) this encouragement: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. The Jesus who was with us before this pandemic occurred is the same Jesus who walked the earth 2000 years ago, and He is the same Jesus who is with us today. He is the same Jesus who will bring us out of the season of life, interrupted by this tragic disease and scourge of death for so many.
In a passage from the prophet Malachi, chapter 3, verse 6 we see this: “Because I, the Lord, do not change, you descendants of Jacob have not been destroyed. “ God simply does not change. Jesus – the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
God has a plan for your life. If we trust Him and allow change to bring about growth in Him so that we become more like Jesus Christ, we will experience all the good that He has in store for us.
Take some time in these trying days to meditate on the verses following: May they bless you and enhance your relationship with our God, our Savior, who never changes, but remains in love with you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Hebrews 6:19 - We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
Numbers 23:19 - God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
Philippians 4:6-7 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
And, one last verse I have leaned heavily multiple times:
2 Timothy 4:17 - But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.
Be encouraged by the Word which is alive and unchanged
by any pandemic or other earthly disaster.