Sep. 6, 2019

Change

 

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31

These verses are so powerful. I could post them and walk away. The verses say it all.  They say everything that needs to be said. The message is clear. But….

Yes, you know me well. My teacher-preacher personality won’t allow me to post a verse and walk away. My blog is God’s outlet for the gifts He has given me. He requires obedience. He speaks; I listen; then, I share. Feel free to read the verse and stop there. But, if you are open to hearing my thoughts, read on.

Change is hard, isn’t it? None of us like change. Well, that’s not 100% true. There are very rare personalities that thrive on change. Notice I said, “very rare.” Most people do not like change. We like comfort. We value what we know. Change threatens our confidence.

I always think about the Jewish leaders and how they handled change when Christ came on the scene. God’s people were promised a Messiah. The prophets were explicit in what to expect. I realize that we get to read their words in hindsight today, but the truth is the Jewish people knew what to expect and what was coming. Their eyes were blind. Their hearts were hard. They simply couldn’t grasp that Jesus was the answer to all their prayers. Christ brought change. They didn’t like it. Especially since His kind of change didn’t bring power. It brought humility and servanthood.

When we think about it, we (as God’s chosen) should be able to move through life accepting change and embracing what’s handed to us. God’s word is packed full of hints of what was and what is to come. We just don’t like it. We like comfort. We value what we know. Our confidence may be in our traditions; not in Him.

My friends, let’s not grow weary! Do you not know? Have you not heard? God is with us! Christ is the Promised Messiah! The Holy Spirit is available to comfort and counsel us!

When it seems the world is spiraling downward and morality is decaying, don’t get mad. Don’t be afraid. Grow determined to keep marching for Him. He is the answer. He is the solution. He is the Change Agent needed to sustain us until He returns for us.

That’s our message. That’s our mission. That’s what we need to be shouting from the streets. Anything else just reveals our fear of change. When we embrace His practice of humility and servanthood, change isn’t a big deal because we realize our God is bigger!