We can’t help but change when we remain in God’s presence. It can feel like a scary place to remain! Change itself isn’t everyone’s favorite already – it’s precarious, unsure. If it always led to good, I suppose it would be different, but we all know it goes both ways.
Either extreme in approaching change leads to foolishness.
Fear of change stunts our growth.
God has seasons for us, like Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, (and the famous Byrd song agrees), “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” The only one we can know never changes is God. Everything else in our life is fluid and we have to admit. we can’t control it. It’s a humbling realization, but resting in the omnipotence of God, we can have peace here.
The other extreme is also foolishness. Unfortunately we see this modeled on a daily basis.
It’s just not true that all change is good.
It really isn’t. I’m not a huge political person, but people in power, hoping to make a huge mark on the world, eager to be the one to be known for this great new fangled policy, ruin so much. When something is good, we need to hang on to it! I like the way my pastor put it years ago, an open mind is great, but when it finds truth, it’s time to close. In our society, holding on to truth is not valued. Accepting all change, all new beliefs, all morals is what is expected. And so much is lost.
When God teaches us, he expects us to hold on to those teachings and allow him to build a strong foundation with them. What happens so frequently as we try to build our lives is we say to those around us, “Bring what you think is best and throw it on my foundation. I am open to everything!” We smile as we see bricks of God’s truth coming, but act confused as those around us bring really anything, wood, grass, a fish, a brick, Jell-O. There is a lot of foolishness out there and if we decide grasping onto any change is good, we will end up in a life of confusion and ruin.
So, in the middle we stay. That is
100% open to God’s change and wise about anyone else’s proposals.
We do slowly learn to trust that God’s changes will always end well. We often don’t understand them and sometimes they are downright painful. We have a limited perspective so we hold so tightly to how things are. We think this is as good as it gets. I’ll just stay right here, be safe and gamble there’s nothing better. But sometimes only God knows that behind that next corner is a wonderful blessing, even though it requires giving something up or being vulnerable. We may see instant change with God or sometimes we are called to wait, even our whole lives, to receive what God has planned for us. There’s really
no point wasting all our time and energy doubting God.
Look at his track record, look at his perfect character and sinlessness. He’s in control and we should celebrate he is. What would life really be like if you or I were in control? Job says it best in the midst of all his pain and suffering, “Should we accept good from God, and not trouble?” Job 10b.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”