Are you like Sandy? To Sandy, change always means something uncomfortable is about to happen. She clenches, cringes and prepares for the worst. In her world, she manages change by minimizing it. She knows it’s impossible to stop, but that just means she has to work harder to resist it. It takes a long time to make decisions for Sandy, because it involves changing something. She’s more comfortable in a structured environment, like a pew in an old historically proven religion. She likes to think of herself as the keeper of tradition.
Are you like Debbie when it comes to change? Change, and I mean big change, sends a thrill of delight through her body. When she thinks of changing something, she doesn’t even glance back, sometimes even making irrational decisions just so change takes place. She embraces new things and loves to be in the know about the greatest and latest theories and movements. Debbie thinks of herself as a forger of new history.
Did you know that neither perspective is wrong, but neither one is completely right either? On Debbie’s side, we could be tempted to believe anything that comes along and be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. On the other hand, Jesus berated the Pharisees saying, “And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, (so) that ye may keep your own tradition.” Mark 7:9 Where is the healthy balance? Both of the women in our example could be operating outside the Will of God.
Where and when do we make changes according to how God wants them?
Look what it says in Malachi.
“For I am the LORD, I change not;” Malachi 3:6
Wow, the Lord says He changes not. What was He talking about? Let’s go back to context in verse 1 of chapter 3.
“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 3:1
That is one of the prophecies of the Messiah coming. Wow. So, even in the Old Testament, in the book right before Matthew; which issues in the birth of the Messiah, God was letting the Children of Israel know that something was going to change. Jesus Christ would come and change things, yes, but there would be plenty of notice. There would be a messenger who would prepare the way (the messenger happened to be named John the Baptist). Wow! God doesn’t change because He always lets us know when change is coming. And for the unobservant, then the change can catch them by surprise. It can feel like a “thief in the night”.
It’s great to be prepared, but how do you also embrace change when it does come?
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
That word “wait” is an amazing word, meant to inspire hope, expectancy and robust preparation. It means we look for and plan for the strength that we need when we need it. “Wait” is a verb which connotes action. We need to take believing actions of victory.
A runner can never gain a “second wind” until first, he begins.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1
When we learn how to dance a new number, don’t we feel like our feet are two lead weights at the end of long clumsy stumps called legs? Our legs don’t participate or do what they are told. But after a little practice, they become more graceful, expectant and anticipate each move. God can help us get to the same place when it comes to change. Change in life, change in circumstances and even big changes of the heart can be nerve-racking unless you are prepared for them. Before long, as you learn to hear God’s voice and learn the ways of His heart and movement through His written Word, you become a proficient learner. This is why it is soooo important to get around those who can teach you the rightly divided Word of God. IF you want to become a great thief, or a great dancer, hang around those who know those professions. IF you want to understand the Word of God, learn from those who don’t sugar coat it for you.
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14
Triumph is half “tri” and half “umph”. Learning takes work, but this learning will manifest the very essence and savor of God’s knowledge by us everywhere we go. Change won’t feel scary or hard, because we are ready, and willing to move when God sets the beat. Deep down we all have a fear of the unknown, but nothing is unknown to God. So why not get to know Him as best we can? In that, we’ll always be ready for anything as well as enjoy the changes that come.
Some change early, some change to late, but with God we’ll always be right on time.
God bless you today!