“Change is good.”
“Yeah, but it’s not easy.”
– Rafiki & Simba, The Lion King
I’d like to talk about change for a minute. As a standard, I’m usually a pretty flexible person – an unexpected detour or sudden twist from the plan normally doesn’t bother me that much. But when change after change keeps piling up, when things keep twisting and turning like a complicated book plot and my mind is frantically saying, no, wait, this isn’t how it’s supposed to happen – it can be hard to keep the right attitude.
We’re often told that change is a good thing, as that quote from The Lion King portrays. I believe that change is good. But that truth can be difficult to accept – especially when nothing seems to be changing for the better.
Even when your life is turning upside down, there are some things that will never change. No matter what happens, Jesus remains unchanging for all eternity.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. – Hebrews 13:8
I don’t know about you, but that’s a very comforting thought to me. There is absolutely nothing on this earth that can change Jesus Christ. He will forever be the exactly the same. A day will never come when we can’t count on him to be there for us.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. – Psalm 18:2
Another wonderful and important thing to remember is this: every single difficulty that we undergo on this earth is preparing us for the life after death. Even our worst trials and failures are nothing but a momentary affliction:
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
In fact, the Bible tells us that the trials we encounter here on earth are to be counted as joy – for they are helping us to become steadfast in our faith.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4
Furthermore, we can be completely and totally reassured that God is absolutely keeping every single one His promises to us, even when we can’t see how He’s doing it. Especially when we can’t see it.
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? – Numbers 23:19
Most importantly of all, no matter what happens to us, we cannot be crushed or destroyed. As Christians, the life of Jesus is manifested inside of us – and nothing can stand in the way of that.
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. – 2 Corinthians 4:7-10
So, I guess what I’m trying to say is this: In the midst of change, don’t let yourself become discouraged. Though you may not be able to see it, God is in control of every single part of your life. He will keep you safe no matter what.
He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. – Psalm 62:6