If we are honest, no one really likes change. It can be some of the most stressful times of our lives. Even when change is wanted, it is within our human nature to naturally resist it. When we do something over and over, it becomes part of our daily habit and we become so used to it that if anything knocks it out of balance, we freak out a little bit. This is why change takes so much effort and why we want to resist it.
Everyone knows that change is going to happen. Its normal. It’s inevitable. We face changes when we grow up and mature, our bodies change, our likes and dislikes change, our friends change, as well as we interact with the world around us. We also know that when you become a Christian, change is desirable. It is actually God’s plan for us when we come to know who He is. We die to our old selves and Christ makes us new. We want to become more like Jesus; we want 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.
So what about the change that we do not want? Parents lost their job. Friends moving away. Church leaders stepping down. The hurtful changes. 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 we know His purpose is always good. So we have to trust that even the changes are undesirable are working for our benefit down the line. It may be that an illness will bring us closer to God or draw the family closer together. It may be because God is calling you to a new season of life.
Adjusting to change seems to be less painful than resisting. Growth requires change. When we are experiencing change in our lives, lets look at it as a season of growth. When our human side of resisting starts, let us try to remember that God has NEVER changed, and will NEVER change and 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.
- Listen to His response to your questions.
- Express thankfulness of what you have in your life.
- Remember that when we praise God, we readjust our mindset and focus on the goodness of who He is and that He is in control. He does not change, but He is there is the middle of the change with you.
- For the change that is happening right now in your life.
- That God helps you through the change, good or bad.
- To thank God for never changing, that He is the only constant in your life.
- For God to change you to be more like Jesus.