Right now, you may be going through a major change in your life. It may be a new job or a job loss; it may be a move to a new house or a new location; it could be the birth of a new child or the loss of a loved one. It could be a pay raise or a major reduction in income. It might be the end of an old relationship or the start of a new one.
Whatever change you may be facing, change has the power to create stress and concern in our lives. Often, changes requires us to make adjustments in our attitudes, energy and behavior that are difficult. Change can take away our feelings of security, tire us out, and lead to fear, doubt and discouragement.
So how does being a Christian help one deal with change? As we turn to the Bible, there are several principles that help us to find direction and security in the Lord.
First, it is of utmost importance to understand that God is in control of everything. All the change that happens in our lives is the result of God allowing it to happen. Everything we have is not ours; it belongs to God. All power belongs to God.
“Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12)
Second, we must firmly accept that God loves us. All that happens in our life must be viewed from the perspective of God’s unfailing love for us. Difficulties will arise, but they are part of God’s way of growing us into the people He made us to be.
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.” (Lamentations 3:22)
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:10)
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away.” (Romans 8:38, NLT)
We must also accept that change is a part of life. Rather than being surprised or scared by change, we can understand that it is a part of life and that by holding onto our faith, God will help see us through.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
By accepting that God is in control of everything, that He always acts out of love for us, and that change and difficulty are a natural part of life, we can react to change without giving in to fear.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
With one’s view of change properly rooted in the faith of God’s love and grace, the first step should be to bring our concerns to the Lord in prayer. Pray first, before taking any action.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
As you pray and seek the Lord’s direction, He will guide your steps. Be willing to follow whatever directions God gives, as His wisdom is so much greater than ours. By being obedient to God’s will, you can be assured that He will lead you successfully.
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
“For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory” (Psalm 149:4)
As you stay focused on the Lord and rely on His direction and power, He will help you overcome any change you are facing.