Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Change can be exhausting or it can be exhilarating. It can blow in my face like a strong nor'easter, giving me a feeling of strong resistance, or it can be a positive force, pushing me forward with accelerated momentum. In my mind, I like the good change of work progress and travel adventure, but I avoid the bad change of relational conflict and painful health ailments. I am attracted to change I can control, but I am reluctant to embrace change out of my control.
Thankfully, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is unchanging. His righteousness is reliable. Christ’s character is consistent. Our Savior is a solid rock to protect us under its cleft or break us on its cornerstone. Like a loyal lighthouse beckons from the seashore seeking ships lost in a storm or anxious over night time navigation, our loyal Lord is always available to light our path. Jesus shines the brightest during our darkest days. His unchanging ways give us peace along the way of our ever-changing circumstances. Jesus is dependable when others become undependable.
“My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior” (2 Samuel 22:3).
Has pending change paralyzed your initiative with fear or captured your imagination? Look outside the comfortable box of status quo and imagine the possibilities of your creative God. Perhaps bad habits need to be replaced with good ones or maybe a good routine can be upgraded to a better one. For example, if you watch too much TV move the screen out of the living room and have live conversations with real people or quietly read together. Limit social media so you can be social with people in person. Use change for the better to become better.
Most of all be students of our unchanging heavenly Father. We all handle change well when we trust Christ to be our change agent. The Lord controls the outcomes. Our role is to remain faithful and calm as we face a scary situation for the first time. Wisdom does not dramatically react to the worse case scenario of what might happen, rather it prayerfully waits on God’s will to unfold into reality. We can be hopeful for the best and know Jesus walks with us through the worst. We serve an unchanging God, Who gives us unchanging truth in our ever-changing world.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).
Related Readings: Psalm 102:27; Isaiah 26:8; Numbers 23:19; 2 Peter 3:18; Jude 1:25