We long for it and dread it. We work for it and resist it. We celebrate it and resist it. We pray for it and ask God to stop it. We embrace it and hate it. I am, of course, talking about change. Someone once said that the only constant in our lives is change itself. Someone else said that “there are only two things we hate: the way things are, and change.”
There is no doubt that we live in a changing world. Things are not what they used to be. I did not need to look long in the mirror this morning to recognize that I am not what I used to be either. That can bring sorrow because the effects of aging are obvious, and capabilities are lessened. It can also bring joy because I have moved away from some of my past weaknesses and failures.
Within our hearts there is a desire for change. We recognize our shortcomings and get frustrated when our attempts at change fail. (How are your New Year’s resolutions coming). We see the struggles and sins of our society and want things to be different. We feel helpless because we seem unable to achieve the changes we long for. In Jeremiah 13:23 we are reminded that we can’t change the color of our skin, leopards can’t change their spots, and we who are accustomed to evil can’t do good. We are what we are, and that is not always good!
Even as we long to be different we long for something in our lives to be constant. We seek some point of stability; something or someone who doesn’t change and doesn’t need to change. In these turbulent seas of life, we long for a rock on which to stand – a solid place to set our anchor.
The good news is that there is one who is that rock, and real lasting change is possible! In Malachi 3:6 we read; “For I the LORD do not change” and Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” He is that anchor point that we long for – that one who is perfect in all his ways. We can rely on him to always be there and to keep every promise he makes.
He is also the one who can bring wonderful, lasting change in our lives when we trust in him. It is as if we have a new birth, a new heart, and a new life. Old things pass away and all things become new as we trust him as our savior, our lord, our rock! Want stability? Want to change in meaningful ways? Turn to Jesus.