Jesus made a clear statement that all that was around us, everything that we might know, would change. Our relationships, our place of work, people, circumstances, health, all would and will change. This was said to us so when it came, it wouldn’t take us by surprise, he was saying, expect it to happen.
So why we complain so much when things don’t go our way or stay the same as we know them? We like all that is predictable, we like all that is safe. Our nature gravitates to that kind of place. We tend to like places or circumstances that in our mind we sense or feel that we have control over them. And when that is taken from us, it disrupts our peace, our joy, and our sense of security. We forget that control is merely an illusion. Matt Chandler said it best when his battle with cancer started, “When the illusion of control disappears we become men and women of prayer”. We are reminded that all we know will change and we no control over it.
But Jesus made yet another more significant statement in this sentence. His words would not pass, change nor move. The contrast here was apparent to all. He was saying, that the reality of life would show us that it would be constantly changing, but the reality of Him, would assure us that he would never change, move, or pass. Everything that he said would be solid, unmovable, dependable, for every stage or circumstance of life.
But change is not necessarily bad. We tend to see change from a negative perspective. Change can be good, change can be helpful, even when it might be hurtful. Change can thrust us to another level and develop in us the character needed to fulfill our God given purpose. Because what is now, is not working. Because the status quo is not good. It is how we view change that’s important.
Jesus knew that very well and did something about it. With his sacrifice in the cross, Jesus made sure that change became permanent. He had conquered sin, death and fear. Not a mere superficial change, but a change to the core. He became change, he made us forgiven, redeemed, and transformed.
The entire story of the Bible is all about change. Change for good, for love and for life. Trust in his word that will never pass, that will never move or will never change. Embrace change.
“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”
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Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.