Change. Change in life is inevitable. It is as inevitable as life and taxes. The reality is things never remain the same. That is the nature of this life. Moments pass, days go by, calendars from the previous year are discarded. Like water from a mountain stream which never passes the same way twice, so fluid are our lives.
If you live long enough, you’ll see changes to your family, your city, and certainly to your country. No area of your life is off-limits for change. And to a large degree, often we may have little control over the kinds of changes that affect us. Sickness and death, sudden job loss or relocation, choices of others that directly affect us are evidence that change may happen with or without our approval.
In fact it is arguable that even those with a genuine relationship with God will experience varying seasons within that relationship. There are times of joy and times of sorrow, times of great intimacy with God and times when it seems God is distant from us.
Solomon, picked up on this one. He said to everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).
For some of us, those changes are good. Staying the same can lead to stagnation in our lives and thus change can prove to be a motivating factor for growth. Often, however, we do not see the immediate benefit of changes that are imposed upon us.
The question then remains, how do we differentiate between these seasons and times? In the fluctuations and vacillations of life, how do we find stability? Put another way, if everything in life changes, if there is an ebb and flow, if seasons continue to move on, is there anything solid upon which I can stake my life?
Here is where I must commend you to Jesus Christ whom the Scriptures declare is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He transcends time though He entered into it. While the grains of time slip through our fingers, all things are within His grasp (Colossians 1:17). So secure is Christ that we read in the pages of the New Testament, “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain” (Hebrews 6:19).
That is precisely what we need – an anchor for our souls, something, or rather some One to cling to in the uncertainties of life.
This new year will undoubtedly bring about for you surprises, unplanned interruptions, unforeseen circumstances. The question for you is, “Where will you turn?”
If we lean to our own understanding, we’ll discover ourselves to be wholly inadequate. If, however, we cast our cares onto the Lord, we will find Him constant through every change. Remember Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
The Rev. Kevin Steele is the pastor of National Hills Baptist Church in Augusta.