Change is difficult. Some of the most stressful seasons of our lives involve significant change. Even when change is wanted, there is something within us that naturally resists it. When we do something over and over, it becomes part of our daily habits and we become so used to it that if anything knocks our rhythm off, we freak out a little. This is why change takes so much effort and why we resist it.
However, change is going to happen—it’s normal and it’s inevitable. We face changes every year. Our bodies change as we age. Our likes and dislikes change. The way we interact with the world around us changes. Technology changes every day.
When you become a Christian, change is necessary. The greatest change is a “death” to our old selves and a re-birth in Christ—who makes us new. To become more like Jesus, we need to change. 2 Corinthians 4:16 says, “Inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” When we submit to God, we change to become more like Christ.
Even though change is necessary, we don’t want change that brings pain or hurt. Romans 8:28 says that God is working all things for the good of those who love Him, that He is working everything according to His purpose, and that we know His purpose is always good. So, we must trust that even the changes that are undesirable are working for our benefit. It may be that an illness will bring us closer to God or will draw a family closer together. The change you are experiencing right now may be the result of God working something new in your life.
Adjusting to change seems to be less painful than resisting it. Think of it this way: spiritual growth requires change. When we are experiencing change in our lives, what if we looked at it as a season for growth? When we start resisting, let’s try to remember that God has NEVER changed, and will NEVER change, and that He is up to something good.
Try to do some of these things to help with change:
Talk to God about the change you are experiencing. Be honest about your feelings regarding the change.
Listen to His response to your questions.
Express thankfulness for all the blessings you have.
Remember, God does not change, and He is there in the middle of the change with you.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I bring before you the changes that are happening in my life right now. Please help me through the tough changes. Thank you for never changing. Help me to be more like Christ. Amen.