I recently attended a convention where change was the topic of discussion.
In most of the small group discussions the consensus was: "If we don't have to change the things we are used to, we will always feel secure."
But you see, change is inevitable. We can't stay the same. Everything around us changes. The Greek Philosopher Heraclitus spoke about this reality as early as the 6th century. He used the term "Panta Rei" from the Greek language which literally means "Everything flows."
The season of fall always makes me think of what is will be something of the past before we can try to preserve it. And then we need to ask ourselves how we are going to deal with the changes we see -in ourselves, in our world, in standards or principles-changes that most of the time take us with them. Don't we all feel we would like to hold onto something familiar in the midst of change.
The Bible reminds us that God is the foundation that will never change. In Malachi 3:6 we read, "I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed." What a wonderful and beautiful truth.
God is irremovable and unchanging in His being and character. He didn't have a beginning and will not have an ending. How can we explain that? We don't have to. We just have to accept who He is and place our lives in His hands.
With His unchanging character we have the wonderful comfort that He is not offended by the changes we undergo in our daily lives. Because we change so often in what we say and do doesn't mean that God is going to expel us. No, He is continuing to bring a change about in the lives of His people.
In fact, He wants to see change in us more than anything else.
Another passage we can appreciate is Philippians 1: 6, "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns."
Change is not always pretty or attractive. In the end, like the caterpillar, it will become a stunning butterfly. It's easy to get stuck in the messiness of change and believe this is all there is to you or you will never become anything more than a failure. Never believe that. There is a better you and I on the way. It took Michelangelo, the Italian artist, three years to complete one of his masterpieces-the David statue. The changes came very slowly and through perseverance he created it. Through the changes in life, our God is busy to bring the masterpieces of our lives to perfection.
When we see the changes as we live our lives each day, let's remind ourselves that there is one who never changes. He has the world in His hands; He has our lives in His hands. In Him we can put our trust.
. Rev. Willem van de Wall is the Minister of Cooke's Presbyterian Church and can be reached at 604-792-2154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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