I've been thinking a lot lately about change. Change can be good (seasons, marriage, new children) and change can be difficult (divorce, death), but either way...a lot of times it's just hard, isn't it?
It's tough to adjust and it's tough when consistency and everything you know simply flies out the window.
I've realized that my attitude towards change is usually negative. It's typically wrapped around fear and doubt and frustration and just a sense of insecurity...and if I'm super honest with myself I'd say that I hate that. If I dig even deeper into my soul, I know that God is yearning for me to stop fearing change and stop doubting His goodness in the midst of it.
I'm reminded of these truths:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. ((Deuteronomy 31:6))
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. ((James 1:17))
Even if changes in your life are going on that are GOOD and EXCITING and WELL ACCEPTED, it can still be a bit stressful and tiring. When changes in our lives our HARD and BRUTAL and are absolutely ROCKING our foundation, it's even more-so.
But we can rest in the fact that our God never changes and that's one aspect of my life that I can always rely on. He's the same. He'll never change. His never-ending grace, His everlasting love, and His abiding goodness, His boundless mercy and His endless sovereignty will NEVER fail.
There's nothing to fear. Not even the most difficult of circumstances or changes. Be strong and courageous.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. ((Hebrews 13:8))
That, my friends, is GOOD news.