The Spirit of Change: How God Uses Change to Help You
This Sunday at church we had a new speaker and his message was so awesome I wanted to share it with my readers; how God uses change.
Change is something we deal with through our entire life. We are not born as adults, we face many changes both physically and emotionally in just our first 18 years. So you would think when we face changes as adults we would handle them better, but sadly that is often not the case. The simple fact is, we hate change.
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Why We Hate Change
The scariest part of change is fear of the unknown. We don’t know how our life will be different once this change is in effect. Will I still have the time/money/energy to do the things I love? How will this effect my relationships? All of these questions and no good answers until we actually live through the change.
This can be very disconcerting, we may be happy with how our life is going. Even if your life is not perfect, you have learned to accept and deal with the good and bad in your life. If something changes, you worry it will not change for the better.
One of the resonating messages from the sermon this Sunday was that we have to wait till the end to really know how it is going to turn out. What window will open when that door closes? The waiting is hard, it takes patience and trust in God that he will see you through to the other side.
Jeremiah 17: 7-8
7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
How God Uses Change to Help You Grow
If you think about your first 18 years, you might start to see some good in change. You can probably now walk upright, you can read this blog, you can probably even feed yourself. At each big step, there was some trepidation going in, but there was also some excitement. Starting elementary school was a big step, then middle school and high school, each time I am betting that you were nervous because of the unknown, but excited by the possibilities.
You were growing at each one of these stages and God continues to grow you throughout your life and he uses change to do it. The changes may not be as structured and more importantly anticipated as school, but none the less they should be looked at as exciting opportunities that God has created for us.
The Big Changes
- A job loss. This is a scary time. You are worried about feeding your family, paying your bills.
- The loss of a family member or friend. A very sad time, you are losing someone you relied on.
- Having children. Anticipated or not, having children adds a whole new human to worry about.
All of these things are big changes in your life. If you lose your job, how are you going to pay your bills and keep food on the table. If you lose a family member you lose part of your support system, and as wonderful as kids may be, they definitely cause big changes in your life. So where is the good?
How the Big Changes Help You
- God may think it is time for you to find a new job, one that forces you to push out of your comfort zone, take on more responsibility or helps you learn a new skill. You might even make a little more money.
- God needs your family member or friend. The loss will hurt, and will leave a hole in your heart, but it may bring you closer to other family members or make you the support system for the next generation.
- Messy, giggly, adorable children. Well most of the time anyway. Kids are great, but they will change the dynamic of your household. God has given you a little human to teach and love. It is huge responsibility, and a big change, but parenthood will help you grow faster than almost any other change. You will grow in wisdom as you try an answer all of the child’s questions. You will grow in love as you realize how much love you have to give.
We don’t know God’s plan, and we weren’t meant to. This is where faith and trust in the Lord come in. Trust him to mold you and change you into the beautiful human being he wants you to be.
Isaiah 55: 8-9
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
How God Will Help You
God uses change to grow you and help you but he doesn’t expect you to do it all on your own. He is going to give you all of the help you need. That help may come in the form of another person, or new opportunity or simply in prayer.
Earlier this year I was struggling with my job. It was all consuming and I felt like my family, my marriage and my happiness were suffering. I was searching for a way to fix it and praying that God would show me a way. When the book 48 Days to Work You Love popped up on my Amazon feed I was curious. After reading the description I was sure that God put that book there for me to find because I needed it desperately and he was ready to kick me in the butt to start some changes. It meant so much to me I wrote a book review about it, it was seriously life changing.
The changes in my life that came from one little book were amazing, but they were also scary. I am still working on some of the changes, and every day I have to trust in God that he will show me the path he wants me to take.
Proverbs 3: 5- 6
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight
Help God Help You
If you are going through a change in life, expected or not trust that God will bring you through. Don’t judge the change until the end. Wait to see God’s glory and if you are nervous, or would like help with something, ask God. Pray about your troubles, God is there to comfort you and help you through. He knows that this is not an easy task, but trust that he is trying to make you better.
God uses change even when we don’t think we need to be changed, don’t be discouraged. Pray, ask for guidance, ask for peace and ask for him to show you the way forward.
Matthew 7: 7-11
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!