How well do you deal with the winds of change that that seem to constantly blow through your personal and professional life? It has been well said that the only people who like change are wet babies. Kim and I can testify to this truth, having raised four children over the years. A baby cries for no apparent reason, but as soon as the wet diaper is removed and a dry one applied, calm returns . . . but not for long!
While the world around us seems to be unrelenting in the way it changes, Scripture testifies to One who is eternal and unchanging:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that the only constant in the world is He who is the Cosmic Constant; His name is Jesus Christ. What a comfort for those of us who are facing disruptive change in our lives—to know that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. That doesn’t mean Jesus is manageable . . . or even predictable! But He is good; He is always, unfailingly, eternally good. He can be trusted to provide the good that inevitably results from every kind of change that occurs in the life of the Christian.
As our understanding of the Gospel deepens, we become better equipped to not only accept change, but to embrace it as God’s divine providence, which passes through loving, nailed-scarred hands and is delivered to make us more like Jesus. With Jesus seated on the throne of our lives, we can relinquish our need for control and predictability; we walk by faith, not by sight. At this level of living, we can love Jesus with zeal and serve Him with abandon.
Knowing that Jesus Christ is our only Constant means knowing that He always was, always is, and always will be. His finished work is still finished! We cannot enhance it by anything we do or diminish by something we don’t do. He is the Constant of all covenant blessings and the faithful Fountain who continually pours out blessings upon His people . . . even when they may not feel like “blessings” at the present time!
When change drops you into the middle of a Jordan River at flood stage, change which seems certain to remorselessly overwhelm you, the unchanging truth of Jesus Christ empowers you to say with David, “I will fear no evil, for You are with me.” When change drives you to the edge of the Red Sea, with no apparent way of escape and pitiless enemies thundering up behind you, the truth of our Redeemer empowers you to receive and respond to these words of Moses: “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord” (Exodus 14:13 ESV).
The One who never changes is working through all of the changes in your life. God is bringing you to the end of yourself through those gale-force winds of change; He will not stop until His work is done. Christian, instead of complaining about the changes in your life (as we are all prone to do), let me encourage you to cry out to Jesus for the grace to embrace them, knowing that you are heading into an eternity where the winds of change will blow no more.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!