Change may be one of the hardest things humans endure on an ongoing basis because it introduces unknown. Our comfort is disrupted and normal is destabilized. We can’t see the future, and when change occurs that becomes even more obvious.
Throughout Scripture, we’re reminded to trust God in times of change, and one reason that we can trust Him is because He is unchangeable. He’s our Rock, our North Star, our Reference Point. He is infinitely stable. The author of Hebrews writes of the Lord, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (v13:8). And through the prophet Malachi, God said, “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” (Mal 3:6)
While the Lord never changes, life certainly does, which is a repeated theme in Scripture. After being in the desert for 40 years, the Israelites were finally able to cross the Jordan and go into the promised land. This wasn’t a simple task; it required enormous faith because the land was filled with their enemies, but God promised to help them conquer. Let’s also not forget that when God told them to go, the Jordan river was at its peak and overflowing its banks, so imagine standing next to the Snake River with a million people behind you and no bridge… yeah, it required a LOT of faith!
But just before they departed, after repeating His promise and the directive to obey Him, God said to Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Was God faithful? Yes, absolutely and totally. Every soul crossed the Jordan safely on dry land. God showed up in a miraculous way and fulfilled His promise boldly. That same God is the one we serve today, and worthy of our trust and complete faith. When He tells us to go, we must believe He will be with us every step of the way.
Let’s give the Lord all due praise and honor for His steady, unchanging character. Let’s also praise Him for the changing seasons He orchestrates, which cause us to seek Him more fervently and allow us to give every second of our lives over to His perfect will and plan.
I’ll close with this familiar passage from perhaps the wisest person (besides Christ) who ever walked earth, King Solomon:
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.