Who are we kidding? No one likes change. Whether we like it or not, God is in charge of the whole universe. He has a perfect plan for each one of us. Why are we kicking our feet like a stubborn and rebellious little child wanting badly the thing which God knows will be harmful to us? If we take a look at our lives, there are things we dream of doing someday, and there are others we wish we’d never done; things we’d rather forget. We don’t have the power to change ourselves. Many of us try, using our own power, but never succeed. We’re stuck, immobilized in one or more areas of our lives.
I don’t believe that positive thinking, a new dress, a new suit, new friends, or cheap and phony thrills which give us a temporary kick will help. These “fixes” don’t last long, and lead to despair. The good news God prepared a way for us, not to condemn, but to redeem us and make all things new.
This verse (Jeremiah 29:11) is my oldest daughter’s favorite verse:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
The changes that are happening or about to happen in my life all have something to do with God’s purpose. He is not as concerned about my comfort as He is in my spiritual growth and character development.
Why do I fight it? Before, when I belonged to the world, it wasn’t that easy to change. I was accustomed to being the god of my old life, with my own rules and fantasies. With that kind of empty and shallow mentality, I was quickly going nowhere. Now that I belong to God, the reality of His presence forever with me outshines any fantasy I could ever imagine.
Why can’t we just obey His will and follow His lead, being ready to surrender to Him whatever He asks of us? After all, He is the one who gives and He can take it all back in a moment, right? What is the fuss?
God said; (Psalm 46:10)
“Be still and know that I am your God……” We need to be obedient to His command.
Obedience, however, is easier said than done. For some of us, taking a giant step of faith and obedience is simple, because our past hurdles have made us stronger. For others, a small step of faith might be very hard. We can’t compare our giant steps with their baby steps. We need to be compassionate toward them. If they don’t understand the help that we offer to them lovingly, then we might want to paint a picture of their reality on a bigger canvas for them to wake them up. Showing them how to let go of the things that are hurting them and holding them back. It must be done kindly with some words of wisdom. They may not like it at that very moment, but believe me, I say this from personal experience. They will thank you later on. The first step is the most important step toward changes. If a step leads to a life pleasing to God, it must be done.
As God was revealing all this to me, not only to help me, but I may help others around me what I have learned. He was getting me ready to let go of things that were a stumbling block and causing me not to move forward. I will never let go of the hand of grace. I am thankful that I knocked at His door repeatedly, asking bold questions and seeking the truth, instead of knocking on the door of my past life, where there were no answers, only self-condemnation and despair. Thank God for what He has said in the verse below:
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Change has to be done from the depths of our soul. I am proud of the changes I made. God has everything to do with that.
What are the changes that you are needing to make? A life of integrity, harmony, purity, peace, and joy is yours, if only you will move closer to God. What area of your life needs to change in order for you to be a godly man/godly woman?
God has done His job, He has sent His Word [Christ Jesus] to give us a full life through His Holy Spirit. If you’re looking for evidence, open the Bible and you will see the answers to all your questions. Or, if you prefer, the answers to your questions are right at the tips of your fingers. Google! God bless!