Embracing Change

Carlo Mendoza 

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honor me,the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise."  Isaiah 43:18-21

Last weekend, our family spent an afternoon at a local apple orchard.  We both welcomed and enjoyed the commencement of fall. As we perused the farms and the accompanied scenery, we noticed the many observable changes the autumn season brings. The leaves have begun to change colors, from green to beautiful hues of yellow, orange, and red. The weather has turned balmy as the evenings now greet us with a cool breeze. However, not all change is considered to be as pleasant, although change is an inevitable factor in this life.

In general, we do not readily embrace change, as we are naturally creatures of habit. But as we have just read from the prophet Isaiah, sometimes our never changing God brings about changes in our lives to work out His purposes. In this particular passage, God was promising His people that He was going to do something new, in fact He had already begun! This work would be far greater than anything the LORD had previously done in the past.

Just as God had made a way for His people to deliver them from Egypt to Canaan by drying up the Red Sea, God would once again deliver His people from Babylon and bring them back to Judea, but this time He would give water in the wilderness and bring rivers in the desert. Not only was this pertaining to Israel's prophesied deliverance from Babylonian captivity, but it also ultimately speaks of the deliverance of all of God's people, both Jews and Gentiles alike.

So what exactly was this "new thing"? It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ which has made its way throughout the world and continues to do so. All who have embraced this message have also embraced change.

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."

Even after being born again, the many constant changes we face in this life must be met with the Word of God, whether it is change that brings comfort, or change that brings challenge, we must respond according to Scripture.

Romans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

1. Have you surrendered your life to Jesus and embraced the change He brings, both now and forever? If not, I encourage you to do so now by asking God to forgive you, as you accept Christ as dying in your place to pay for all your sins, and believing that He rose again three days later offering life after death.

2. Are you facing change in your life like never before? Is God doing a "new thing" in your life? If so, I encourage you to seek God and His Word, as He will grant you wisdom and guidance in making the best decision(s). And let us not forget to declare His praise!

People Change, Circumstances Change, but God and His Word Never Change.

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