Transition is hard. Most people don’t like change. Although some do. For me, it depends on what that change is! I’m moving again. Two years ago I moved from my wonderful home and garden of 23 years to an apartment. That was tough! This time I’m moving out of state—different location, different church, different people….
Moving can be such a stressful time! So many details to take care of, plus there are so many unknowns:
- What if they don’t accept me in my new location?
- How will I be serving God in my new church?
- Will I make new friends?
- Will the folks back home forget me?
- Who’s going to be my new doctor and dentist?
Etc., etc., etc.
We are often faced with many unknowns in life—especially during a major change in circumstances. Most of you, I suspect, are not moving, but surely many of you are experiencing some type of transition:
- Kids changing schools
- Adjusting to an empty nest as kids go off to college
- Dealing with a new health issue
- Adapting to a new addition to your family—baby, elderly parent, or even a new pet
- Handling some new trial which has turned your world upside down
Whatever your situation, we have One who is unchanging. Instead of losing our peace during ambiguous times we can lean on our God who has all the answers.
“I the LORD do not change.” (Mal 3:6)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever (Heb 13:8)
The more uncertain we are of God, the more our anxiety.
It is true that what lies ahead is uncertain to us, but it is not uncertain to Him. Let me ask you this: Are you certain that:
- God loves you?
- He knows exactly what He is doing?
- He knows what is best for you?”
- His grace is sufficient for whatever you will be facing?
- You are His child and He will provide all that you need to thrive?
If you’re not, that is where you need to start. God cannot lie or make a mistake. He is always faithful. When anxieties strike—and they will, we can choose to believe in what the immutable One says.
Change can be a time, an opportunity, to demonstrate our belief in God.
If you and I say we believe God’s Word, then we need to act like it. Since I do believe in His Word, I will speak truth to my soul when the what ifs hit. Will you join me? Will you choose to believe in the faithful unchanging Creator? Then, when He proves Himself faithful to us through experience, we will be more certain of our future the next time uncertainty comes. (see Rom 12:2)
We needn’t worry like the world—it’s wasted energy.
If you’re not convinced of God’s faithfulness, let Him prove it to you. Take a baby step of faith by speaking the facts about God that you know, even when you feel uncertain. Then watch your doubts fly out the window as your sure God gives you a more sure faith!
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Heb 11:1)
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