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Believers don’t need to fear change

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Everything’s changing. At least it seems that way.

I don’t remember a time when life has been so varied, so uncertain, in so many areas. Change is happening all around me and is soon to happen all around me. From family dynamics to living arrangements, right now our lives are filled with uncertainties galore. It’s enough to make a grown woman cry — or at least jump on her bicycle and ride up and down the driveway for hours on end!

And yet, what a perfect opportunity for God to step in and cause some change of His own — a change within me.

You see, I want security. I want stability. I want to be in control. Fortunately, I am not. For, you see, if it was up to me, things would never change. My favorite grocery store would continue to carry my favorite item on my favorite aisle forever! My car would never die, and I would stay in the same house for the rest of my life. Oh, and I would never feel the effects of an ever-aging body.

So right now, with a conglomeration of things up in the proverbial air, you can imagine my state — fearful. One change, I can handle. Multiple changes? Well, that’s a different story.

However, in the midst of this “changing,” God continues to bring this verse to mind: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever,” — Hebrews 13:8.

He comforts me with these words that He is my one constant. And guess what? I’m beginning to change. I’m beginning to learn that He is enough. His promises to be with me and never leave me. His promises to love me no matter what. His promises to make everything in my life work together to bring Him glory — they are all the stability I need.

This thing I fight in my life — this enemy “change” — isn’t really my enemy. In actuality, “change” is my friend. After all, where do I turn when life becomes unstable, full of uncertainty, fearful?

The answer is simple, isn’t it? I turn to Him. The more unsure and wavering my circumstances become, the harder and deeper I lean into Jesus and His word — the only stability I truly have here on this earth.

So, what’s so bad about change, I ask you?

“Hmm,” I think I heard you though the paper. “Nothing, nothing at all.”

Prayer: “Dearest Father, help me look unto You — my stability — more and more every day. Thank You that You are patient with me and that You continue to teach me wonderful truths about Yourself —and myself, too. I praise You, Lord.”

Steve and Belinda Kirk write the “Everyday Grace” devotional for the Johnstonian News. Reach them at 919-449-5745 and sbmkax@earthlink.net.

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