We’ve all heard it—the one thing that will never change is the need for change. We can resist it, ignore it, and complain about it but there is no growth without change and with change, oftentimes, comes chaos.
Whether we are responding to change or creating it, we must have an aspect of our lives that is permanent and stable—something that transcends the past, the present, and the future.
We need to keep our minds and hearts established in who we are, where we are going, and the values we govern our lives by. We all need a constant. There is only One who can fill that need. Our one constant in the midst of the chaos of change is God, our Creator.
Despite the fact that everything on earth changes, God declares...
I am the Lord, and I do not change. Malachi 3:6 (NLT)
This Scripture does not imply that God is set in His ways or is inflexible. Neither does it mean that His ways of operating are unchanging. The opposite is true. Genesis, the first book recorded by Moses, introduces God as Creator. He is the original innovator who initiated the principle of change on earth.
Do you see what we've got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. Hebrews 12:28 (MSG)
Everything else is changing, but God remains the same. This gives us confidence in the midst of unsettled times. God and His Word are forever settled. This is what we must establish our lives on—His forever settled Word. What He decrees will stand the test of time.
Recognizing that God's nature is unchanging is important to our understanding of His ways in the lives of people and our interpretation of the changes we are seeing in our generation and world. Everything must be filtered through His Word.
The greatest security against the chaos and the disruption of change is our total dependence on our unchanging God.
Righteous are you, O Lord, and your laws are right. Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them. Psalms 119:137,140 (NIV)
The author of the Psalms said, in effect, I have tested God's promises. Time has tested them. They are still standing, and that's why I love them.
The Apostle Paul wrote:
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV)
There are only two permanent realities in our lives—God and His promises. They will never change.
Because that is true, some people like to think that they have God figured out. They believe that because God doesn't change, He won't do anything differently than what they've already seen Him do. However, when He brings or allows change in their lives in order to further His plan for them, they don't know how to react to it. The change unsettles them because they didn't expect it.
God Himself doesn't change, but He's always working in our lives—and His work involves transformation. Be assured that God is always Divinely orchestrating His highest and best on your behalf because He loves you too much to leave you the way you are and He is too wise to make a mistake with your life.
If you read the Scriptures, you won't find any account of God performing two miracles in exactly the same way. People often try to make doctrines out of methods God has used in the past instead of realizing that it is His nature, rather than His specific acts, that is permanent. The result of those acts may be familiar, but His actions will vary.
Why? God is too creative to repeat Himself. His creative nature promotes change. Unless you understand this, you may constantly struggle against the changes He wants to promote in your life—changes intended to help you grow and to fulfill the reason for your very existence.
Life is not meant to continue on the way it always has been, the same old routine. Life is meant to bring us where we are supposed to be, making a difference in the lives of the people God puts in our path. This requires change.
Change is our friend. Let’s not resist the change God is bringing our way. He will perfect everything that concerns us and the people He puts on our path will be forever changed.
So, no matter what comes your way known or unknown, it doesn't matter, because your Heavenly Father will see you through. He is totally 100% trustworthy and reliable!!!
When you place your total confidence in God and His Word you can press through the chaos and welcome change as your friend.