Note: This summer our Titus2Women's Bible Study is asking different women to share from their hearts. They can share a self-written devotion or a devotion found that resonated with them. I found "Seasons of Change" to be something God has been really speaking to me about lately with many applicable personal illustration...I thought I would post it in case anyone wanted to give it a read :).
We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.
grandparents anxious to not get left behind in the ever-changing world asked
for our help to teach them about the iPhone. As we explained the
different tools, features and apps you could see their eyes begin to grow
glossy. The change from a simple flip phone to this expensive piece of
technology was going to take some getting use to.
wrestle with the same emotions they did with the changes in my life. Sometimes
we choose change (getting a new phone) and sometimes change comes whether we
like it or not (kids moving on in life). In this life, there is no
escaping it, change is constant. The change of seasons, the subtle change
of a body growing older (a less subtle change after 30 ;), children growing up,
family members leaving this earth, new leadership at church or the swift change
of technology (remember when we took pictures with a camera and, like my
grandparents, we had a flip phone).
can bring with it many emotions. Fear, concern, anticipation, excitement,
concern, and discomfort. It may keep us up long after we should be
sleeping in the night as our mind runs down a rabbit trail of possibilities.
Some change, even for our good, can be hard to get used to.
a world that is ever changing as Christians we can approach it confidently.
How? God is constant. In our key verse today,
we are reminded about the biblical truth that we do not walk this Earth alone.
We may plan the course but God enables us to live it confidently.
His truths and his ways are the counter to change, they are unchanging.
Christ is the same yesterday and today and tomorrow.
book of Hebrews was written to a nation facing hard times, so much so they
needed reassurance God was who He said He was. Even today, many find
themselves like the Hebrews as well as the recipients of James. James assured his readers in James 1:17 b "(God) who does not change like
shifting shadows." The bible is filled with books with an underlying
message of encouragement in the midst of tough times and change.
if we know God is constant and change still brings us a myriad of emotions,
what can we practically do? We need to train our mind to approach God
FIRST with our thoughts and let Him help us, He is willing and waiting.
will provide peace (John 14:27) but he will use the change to refine us.
Refine us to be more like him, to practice going to to him, using each
time to help us gain a deeper, more trusting relationship with our father.
takes time to get use to but with God we can have confidence that whatever
change we do face, we won't be alone and it will be used for our good.
Dear Lord, Thank you for being our constant in the midst of change.
Sometimes, it can get downright overwhelming. Help us to remember
to approach you first with our concerns. Lead us through and help us
reflect on how we are being refined in the process. Let us glorify
you like mirrors to a world of unrest. You are the same yesterday and today and
forever and we can trust you. Help us to live this life with confidence
because you alone are constant. Amen.
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