Change is inevitable! With change often comes more change, as we adapt to new circumstances, new technology, or new ideas. Whether they’re minor or drastic, the fact is, “adapting” has become a routine part of our daily existence. And it can be quite rattling. We wonder, “Am I just too old-fashioned, too set in my ways, or too black and white? Am I even up to this?” Whether we decide to “go with the flow” or not often takes a lot of sorting out… and sometimes we simply have no choice.
Change seems to be happening faster than ever in this country. The pace with which we live creates an environment of constant change. It often leads to what I call a “hurried sickness.” Consider the computer industry alone: what’s current technology or efficient today, probably won’t be tomorrow, and certainly won’t be a few months from now.
Also, people’s values and perceptions are rapidly changing. What we blushed at only a few years ago is now viewed as common and acceptable behavior. What were previously “unmentionables” are now discussed openly on television, radio talk shows, and the internet.
Sometimes change means losing a job, a home, one’s health, or a loved one. Some things change for the better, and some for the worse, and sometimes it’s hard to tell which is which. Yes, we live in a fast-paced, ever-changing world that often leaves us wondering who and what we can trust. With the constant flux around us, we can get discouraged.
Here’s some good news; some things will never change… and they’re the most important things! As those who trust in Jesus, we know:
- He will never change: “I the LORD do not change.” (Malachi 3:6a)
- His love for us will never change: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3b)
- His Word will never change: “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
- His purposes will never change: “But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” (Psalm 33:11)
Jesus told us, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) In this world change is inevitable and often means trouble. But in Christ, we too have overcome the world and its onslaught of change. So, let’s put our trust in Him who never changes.
What changes are you facing in life right now? Find stability and constancy in the Lord who can help you navigate the changes you face. Thank Him that His love and care for you never change.
Jim Grassi, D. Min. and Wendell Morton
We cherish any verse in Scripture that reminds us to keep focused and intentional about evangelism and discipleship. “But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:5