My tomorrow and your tomorrows are in the hands of God. We make our requests before Him and we trust our tomorrows to His sovereignty. —R. C. Sproul
Change is a constant in our life. Many times we don’t even recognize that change has happened until after the fact. Most changes are in accordance and adaptation to the situation we are in. Thus, why we often don’t recognize change when it happens.
Other more drastic change and transition in our life can often upset or cause us to question what is going on and why it is happening. These changes can be jobs, housing, location, health, etc. Often these kinds of changes can be scary, eventful, labor intensive, and emotionally draining.
Currently my wife and I are going through some significant changes in life. Because of the health issues I am now experiencing we have made some decisions that to some around us seem extreme. Though extreme we deem them necessary and needed to position ourselves in place where God can use us in the best way possible.
Two things that we are in the process of doing are these. One, I am currently searching for a new job. I love being self employed and doing what I do but it has become necessary for me to find something different. I need something where I am working less hours and can go put in my time and come home without the worries of owning your own business. Secondly, we have decided to sell our house and move to a townhome community. It has become quite obvious that I can no longer keep up with some of the chores that are necessary to being a home owner.
Change. I don’t like to admit that I have come to a point where I can no longer do the things I used to. I have always been able to work whatever job I chose and do pretty much any activity I wished. I now struggle just to keep up with basic things around the house like keeping the lawn mowed, shoveling snow, and basic maintenance. My environment and responsibilities are changing.
So what does our future hold. I am not sure but I am sure of this. My God is in control of all things and His sovereignty will reign supreme in my life. I love how Paul talked to Timothy about change and transition in life. He said it like this,
“Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit through the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” 2 Timothy 1:13-14 (CSB)
Timothy was in a time of transition. He had been Paul’s bright young helper; soon he would be on his own as leader of a church in a difficult environment. Although his responsibilities were changing, Timothy was not without help. He had everything he needed to face the future if he would hold on tightly to the Lord’s resources.
As I face difficult transitions, I to can follow Paul’s advice to Timothy and look back at my experiences. I have everything I need in the resources God has given me through the foundation of faith built on His Word. His Holy Spirit lives in me and will guide, direct, and strengthen me through transition and change.
My prayer is that if you are facing change and transition that seems difficult lean on the foundation of faith that God has given you through power of His Word and sovereignty of His grace. Also, it doesn’t hurt to lean on the Holy Spirit power that is within you.
“How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for for your faith in His excellent Word! What more can He say than to you He hath said, To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled.” –John Rippon