For the last several weeks we’ve been exploring the various aspects of change, and the way that change affects us. We’ve looked at the disciples having their direction changed, at what happens when God asks us to change the way we look at things, at how perspective gets changed to bring us to the place of being vessels in the Lord’s hand. We’ve discovered that divine interruptions in our plans can produce great results for His Kingdom. We’ve also looked at the fact that change is never easy. Even if embraced, there’s still a learning curve—new levels of faith is always required.
I’ve heard it said that the only person for whom change is not difficult is the one who is making the change. I believe what that means is that if you’re the one directing the change, and yet everyone else is needing to make the change, it’s more difficult for them than you. That’s probably true in most cases. The point is that when I make a change it doesn’t only affect me, but you as well. Then, if someone is in the midst of a change that they may have processed and we suddenly feel the effects, we haven’t had the same time to process. So, we need the Lord to help us in that processing.
From the human perspective all change that we direct affects both us, and others. But then we have to think about the change that God directs. He is an unchanging God, who’s directing us toward change that brings us into alignment with His purpose—He, however, never changes. That makes me smile.
“For I am the Lord, I do not change” Malachi 3:6a
He never changes—we do—and it’s always been that way. The book of James tells us that there is “no variation” in Him, “no shadow of turning”. So, if He’s not going to change, but we need to be drawn closer to Him, then we’re the ones who need to change or move.
Abram changed to leave his father’s land and get to the place where he could inherit God’s promise; Moses changed so that he could lead God’s people out of captivity into their promised land; we change when we open to God’s promise of salvation to us.
Do you see the common thread here? God’s change is always on our part, not His, and it always has His promise in mind for us. Want to inherit His promise? Then most likely, there will be change involved. Change for you and me, not for Him.
Right now we’re experiencing lots of change as a congregation. Each one of us has to determine if we will let that change rock our world, or if we’ll embrace that change—realizing that it’s God directing us toward His promise for us. With that, I find myself excited over the change we’re in—I’m viewing it as God’s signal that He’s advancing us into a great future. The best part about that is since He doesn’t change, He’s there as the constant for us while we’re changing. A constant gives us perspective, and allows us to maintain direction. God is there to do that for you and me when we’re in the midst of change.
So, please join me in this point of great anticipation, looking toward the promise of what God has for us next. “Us”—as it relates to all of us together; but also “us”—as it relates to each of us individually. He’s thinking on a higher plane than us, and He’s got more in mind for you and me than we can imagine. My prayer is that I will change to embrace His promise for me—how about you?
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8 NLT
Together, changing for the One who never changes.