As the New Year begins, we are transitioning into what could be identified as the greatest year ever; however, changes are occurring around the world at an alarming rate. Change is often thought of as a bad thing. At the time, change can be difficult. One going through the process of change feels isolated from positivity and support. The hardest part about change is the feeling that you are losing control. Stability is an afterthought during the process of change.
Did you ever consider the reason God allows change? Change reflects time. Time reflects sin. Sin reflects the absence of God. Change is temporal. Time is temporary. Sin has a proverbial expiration date. The Bible states, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (KJV, Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, Verse 1). The wonderful thing about change is that change also reflects the presence of God who is control of changing times and seasons.
For example, the book of Joshua expresses the Words of the Lord to Joshua about the death of Moses. Since God is Eternal, time does not worry or affect God in the same manner time affects us. The Bible says, “Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses” (KJV, Joshua, Chapter 1, Verses 1-3). Just remember that God’s promise was a continuation of what the great Prophet of God Moses had already said to the children of Israel. The Word of the Lord continued to be effective even after Moses had passed off the scene!
I pray that we Christians can find encouragement from such a lesson! That even though change occurs God’s promises are still true and effective.
The Bible says in II Peter, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (KJV, Chapter 3, Verses 8-9). Also in the book of Hebrews, “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come” (KJV, Hebrews, Chapter 13, Verse 14). If you will notice this verse comes shortly after Hebrews chapter 13 and verse 8…I imagine most Bible readers know this one by heart: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (KJV).
So always remember to place your trust in changing times in the unchanging God. Brother Branham said: “... I never like to tell the people, “Oh, you’re going to prosper and be a rich man now. And God’s going to bless you. You ain’t going to have no sickness.” I don’t promise them that, because God doesn’t promise them that. I say: If you’re really borned again in your heart, I don’t care how rough the road gets, you’ll still hold onto God’s unchanging hand. No matter what that lays before me, if Jesus goes with me, I’ll go. Hallelujah. It… Long as He goes, that’s all that’s necessarily” (Redeemer, Redemption, San Fernando, California, November 19, 1955, Para 43).
May God bless you,