SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017
We all have changes in our lives. From day to day we need God to help us get through whatever may come our way. Some days we may be shouting, “Praise the Lord!” while other times we may be crying out, “Help, I can’t take it any longer!” Whatever the day may bring, changes will come and we need to have a godly mindset in order to handle them.
Recently I’ve been thinking about all the changes that were going on in my life. My wife and I are facing declining health issues. My aging mother places new demands upon my life. The church I pastor has quite a few challenges needing to be addressed. They all speak of changes.
Somewhere along life’s journey I came across this acrostic.
Wow! We should look at each new day and even each second as an opportunity for God to bless us! Each moment contains a gift from God if we want to look for it. It can be in a smile from someone at work, an encouraging word from a friend, God’s Word speaking to our hearts, or the opportunity to make someone else’s day. The list is endless. Let’s not overlook the obvious ones like a promotion, good report cards from our children, a Sunday School child who calls us his or her hero, an unexpected financial blessing, a whole week without something breaking in the house, and good health.
In Malachi 3:6 God says, “I the Lord do not change.” Isn’t that comforting? With all the changes in and around our lives, there is one thing that cannot change — GOD. This includes His great love for us.
He also says in His Word, “When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable.” (Hebrews 6:18 The Message)
What has God promised you? He has promised to never leave you nor forsake you, no matter what.
- “For the Lord will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.” Psalm 94:14 (NIV)
- “…God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’” Hebrews 13:5b (NIV)
So let the changes come. We don’t have to walk in fear, but we can walk in faith! We can trust God with all the changes, and know that He is more than able to help us. In fact, He even has plans to bless us.
Every second, if need be, we can find a blessing. Changes can be our friend. Let’s look for God in them.