Change in life is inevitable. It comes in many forms - those we deem good or bad, acceptable, and challenging to handle. It can cause us to celebrate, become introspective, or create a sense of numbness to rise within us as we look at our circumstances, many times different than what we imagined them to be.
Throughout the Bible, we see individuals consistently experiencing changes in their lives. Jesus experienced changes in his relationships, like when Peter, one of his devoted apostles, betrayed him in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:54-62). And King David, the man after God's heart, encountered seasons of triumph and tragedy, like when God anointed him as the king of Israel as a boy (1 Samuel 16:8-13), and later on when he became forced to flee and live as a fugitive in constant pursuit under King Saul (1 Samuel 19-24).
So, how are we, as Christians, to navigate seasons of change? In these times of life, no matter how long or short, the Bible gives us many truths in which to place our hope. Let's look at three.
For Everything, there is a Season, and the Lord has a Good Plan for our Lives
The author of Ecclesiastes tells us in the third chapter, "there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1). The author then recounts the many changing seasons of life, times of birth and death, and seasons of war and peace. These verses assure seasons will change, our lives will evolve, and although this reality can feel unsettling, we know the Lord does not forget His people. Instead, in Jeremiah 29:11, we see the Lord's plans for his people to discover hope, futures, and prosperity (Jeremiah 29:11), and we find these in Jesus Christ. So we must ask the Spirit to place courage in us, so we put our faith in the Lord, and His Word, which tells us, "in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).
If we Cry out to The Lord in Times of Change, He hears our Cries
As mentioned previously, King David was a man accustomed to seasons of success and setbacks, joy and pain, times of change. King David also understood the importance of crying out to the Lord in his highest and lowest moments of life. In Psalm 3:4, David writes, "To the Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill." The understanding King David possessed throughout his seasons of change is invaluable. Knowing the Lord heard his cries and answered them gave him hope while being chased by King Saul and his other pursuers. Also, putting his trust in the Lord sustained David (Psalm 3:5). Where are you putting your trust, and are you calling to the Lord? If you are, know that the Lord hears your cries, and He is near (Psalm 4:3).
The Lord is Good
Finally, the Bible tells us the Lord is good (Psalm 54:6). In moments when life is changing, when we long to relive the good seasons we experienced already, or when uncertainty seems to be the only thing we are sure of, we often turn inwardly, focusing on our circumstances. This reaction can become a trap, one the enemy uses for us to question the Lord and His goodness, His care, and His presence in our lives. However, the Bible tells us the Lord works all seasons, moments, and times for our good (Romans 8:28), our God hears our cries when we call to Him (Psalm 4:3), and that He is a good lord (Psalm 54:5). Although it is easier to focus on our feelings during changing seasons, we must train our minds to turn vertically to the Lord. We must put our faith in the Word of God, which describes Him as "the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness" (Exodus 34:6).
Do you feel disheartened in a season of change, uncertain of the future, or turned inwardly? If so, let us run to the Lord, who is full of compassion toward us (Psalm 86:15), who hears our cries and works every season for our good (Romans 8:28).
The River Church Staff