Frankly, most of us dislike change that’s not our idea or our own initiative. But, change comes to all of us, and it happens all the time. We can’t stop it, control it, or avoid it. We can only manage ourselves through it. The first Key is to have an unwavering trust in God. The second Key is to choose to let Him transform us. Our third Key is to expect His blessings. And lastly we need to persevere.
Facing change can feel very depleting, exhausting, and demoralizing. Especially when the view from where we are makes the results of the change seem very bleak and depressing. Just how am I supposed to embrace transformation, or expect blessings, when it seems malevolent forces are driving the change? Well, we can come to embrace transformation, and expect blessings, because we unconditionally trust God. That’s why trusting Him is the first key.
This fourth key is possibly the most difficult, but I hope that you’ve seen the interconnectedness of the keys so far. The fourth is only possible in the presence of the first three. The Apostle Paul wrote about our fourth key: Philippians 3:14 (NIV) I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Romans 5:3–5 (NLT) We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Key #4: Persevere to the end.
We can have confidence to persevere to the end because God controls the outcome, and it will be much better than we have feared. Perseverance is one of the hardest things we face in our own strength, but can be one of the easiest when we rest in God. If we release the outcome to Him, and trust Him to use the whole process to mold us more and more into the likeness of Christ, we will be carried through any changes into the shadow of His provision.
Do you believe God cares for you? Do you believe He will never leave you or forsake you? Do you trust Him with your very life? If yes, then you can persevere and trust that, in time, you will be able to recognize how the change you are experiencing in life has resulted in a contentment that only God can bring. We can trust Him to bring us through the change for our blessing, and His glory. The journey of life takes us through some difficult territory. We gain ground when we press on, and don’t shrink back. We “triumph” when we let God use change to develop us, and refine us more and more into the likeness of Christ.
In closing, let me encourage you with King David’s words at the end of Psalms 27 , 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord; NIV.
So to survive change we must: trust in God, choose transformation, expect His blessings, and persevere to the end.