Monday, 16 May 2022

God will help us with the challenge of change

NOT many of us welcome change in our lives. Even trivial changes, such as the re-ordering of supermarket

NOT many of us welcome change in our lives. Even trivial changes, such as the re-ordering of supermarket aisles, can upset us.

No wonder fundamental and irreparable change, such as bereavement or other serious loss, shakes our very being — life will never be the same again.

We fear change because it brings uncertainty and uncertainty fuels our anxieties.

As a consequence of the seismic changes in our country at the moment, or of the changes in our own lives, we may long for the familiar and try to recapture the past.

However, our nature is bound by time and time moves forward.

What are the marker-posts to help us navigate this sea of change? Surely one of them at least is the loving support of family and friends.

Jesus understood so well the human aversion to change —after all, He too was human! Yet, being God as well as human, He was able to direct us to the certain realities of life which do not change and to give us markers which the waters cannot overwhelm.

Consider these three: firstly, He said: “In the world you will have trouble, but take heart — I have overcome the world.”

Jesus did not pray that we would be taken away from the troubles of this world but that we would be saved from ultimate evil, as we rely on Him for strength to face adversity.

Secondly, He promised us: “I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” (Matthew 28) and “God is faithful; he will not let you be tried beyond what you can bear.” (1Cor10.v13). Have we reached out towards this “post” yet and found His steadying influence?

Thirdly, the principal marker-post is God’s love and its power to conquer fear.

“Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails… so these three things remain — faith, hope and love but the greatest of these is love.” (1Corinthians 13.v7,8,13.).

“God is love… perfect love drives out fear.” (1 John 4.v16,18.).

Through faith in God’s love, challenge can become possibility. Indeed our perception of a seemingly bleak tomorrow can metamorphose into an exhilarating “next chapter”.

Knowing that God is with us helps us to face the present and whatever the future may hold. Should we so desire, we can have the certain knowledge that, ultimately, He is in control of both the world and our own lives.

He has the power to transform our uncertainties and fear into a joyful hope for the future, enabling us to persevere, maturing our characters, and pouring his love into our hearts (Romans 5.v5).

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