People go through a vast array of changes, physically, relationally, emotionally and there are changes through loss-death of loved one, unemployment, recession, etc., and through gain-new husband, new born, inheritance, and so on. Through all this upheaval there is one thing that remains the same-God. No matter what changes are thrust upon us, or of our own making, God is with us from our beginning to our final end. Thank God for His never changing presence!
“When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, ‘If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt’” (Exodus 13:17 NIV). God gives us chance after chance if we need something important. God is a God of chances, He loves us. Just like the Children of Israel, they gripped and complained, yet God kept loving and taking care of them. We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
“He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change His mind; for He is not a human being, that He should change His mind” (1 Samuel 15:29 NIV). “Continuity gives us root; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights”-Pauline R. Kezer.
“If we humans die, will we live again? That’s my question. All through these difficult days I keep hoping,
waiting for the final change—for resurrection” (Job 14:14 MSG). God came, lived and died so that we might live because of His resurrection, God made sure we would have every chance to live victorious and live with Him throughout eternity.
“Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?…but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind;” (Psalm 15:1, 4 NIV). It’s often easy to relinquish our minds over to Satan in difficult times to believe his lies. He tries to get us to change our mind about serving God when trials and tribulations make their return know to us. But my friend, we can trust God to bring us through whatever we face until the end.
“Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and so the mountains slip into the heart of the sea” (Psalms 46:2). The Lord speaks a lot about fear. Fear will enable us to face life and situations which arise. But God is not the God of fear. Fear is one of Satan’s instruments which he uses to try to enable us in this world, especially today. Let’s pray for God to deliver us so we may have a sound mind. “Every beginning is a consequence-every beginning ends something”- Paul Valery.
“My enemies refuse to change their ways, they do not fear God” (Psalms 55:19 NLT). “God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change. The courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it’s me” –unknown.
Until next time, remember –GOD IS FAITHFUL!
From my Heart with Love-Rita