1. To alter your future course to something different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone 2. To Substitute one situation for another or others for; exchange for something else 3. To become different, to lay aside or abandon 4. Altered situations in one’s lifestyle , or living arrangement or finances
One thing in life is for sure—no matter how good or bad things are, give it time, and things will change. Personally, I hate most changes, especially when they are for the worst. But change is almost always welcomed for the better. I do not adapt to change very quickly—I like routines. I get used to whatever my situation is, and like to keep it that way. I do not enjoy being thrown a curve ball, and I would guess that most of us feel the same way.
I have heard the saying that cancer doesn’t care where you live, who you are, or what your social status is—it treats everyone the same. Change is the same because it’s an inevitable part of life. No matter what, there will always be a life crisis that changes us. But change may impact us differently, depending on the circumstances.
Winston Churchill said ….The only way a person can remain consistent amid changing circumstances is to change with them while preserving the same dominating purpose.
Acts 17:28 tells us that in our Lord we live and move and exist. He is our purpose, He is our being. He preserves the divine purpose in us for which we were born. So when change comes and crisis strikes, He will shelter us under His wings and provide us comfort to withstand it all by His grace. Every moment in our lives if we look, we can find a blessing. Let’s look for God in all our situations.
In Malachi 3:6, God says, “For I am the Lord, I change not.” Changes occur in life and affect all of us. But, we must thank the Lord and count our blessings, whether the changes are good or bad. Even when change is stressful, hurtful or painful, we need to cast our cares upon the Lord. Even when we feel like everything is falling apart, we must call on Him for strength. He knows our situation better than we do and already knows the outcome. God wants us to realize that changes come as a part of life. But when we lean on Him, we can endure anything and trust that the difficulties won’t go on forever. God is calling on us to cast our fears upon Him and trust in Him to direct our path. God does not change. He is our constant Rock and eternal Anchor.
Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. This beautiful piece of His Word is probably more real today than any other time in history. Compared to a thousand years ago, the current world is filled with troubled circumstances. Be certain that the glory of God will be revealed in our lives when stressful events occur. During critical incidents, we learn more about ourselves than we ever thought possible. We sometimes wonder how we will face difficulties that come our way—problems with finances, family, relationships, health, work, and our homes. Our character and foundation of faith are tested when life pulls the rug out from under us. When our entire world is shaken, our ability to recover is impossible unless we rely on the Lord for strength. When we know we don’t have to face it alone, it makes all the difference. Knowing that He is there helps us survive another day.
Psalm 28:7: The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
Though friends and family can be a help during a crisis, they can also be a hindrance. God’s Word provides the example of Job—a man who goes from crisis to crisis. His life is filled with constant changes—all of them bad. He loses his children, marriage, wealth, health, and every single possession he owns. His friends try to help him, but end up giving him bad advice, which adds to his woes and misery. In the end, they were judgmental and made his situation worse. Ultimately, we cannot rely on friends but need to place our trust in God, first and foremost. His advice never fails us. The lesson Job learned needs to be remembered today. People will let us down but God never does—He is always there, always faithful, and always right.
Let us remember to “fasten our seatbelts” because life is going to get bumpy, at times. We will have to strap ourselves into His word and trust in His faithfulness. Despite our situation, and regardless of our past, God can perform miracles in our life. So when negativity knocks at our door, let’s remember to stay focused and place our faith in God. Whether it takes a week, a year, or much longer, we need to let God make the “change” in our future. When we trust in Him, all becomes well.
Jeremiah 29:11-13: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”