“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
“Changes, Changes, Changes!” Change is not a word that many of us enjoy to hear. Something about it just somehow bothers us to no end.
We Live in a Changing World
We don’t have to look too far in Singapore to see changes everywhere. Photos of Old Singapore are unrecognisable when we compare what we see of Singapore today in our daily lives. Yet we rarely hear of people longing for the “old days” of Singapore, but rather hoping for a different and better tomorrow.
Young children and people often long for changes to come as they cannot wait to “grow up” and become adults.
Change Forces Us Outside Our “Comfort Zone”
But it is also something that may not be comfortable for those of us who are getting on in years. Constant change can tire and wear us out.
Change demands a response from us and often means expending energy and effort in order to go and grow with the changes. As we mature and change, it may mean picking up or putting something aside (1Co 13:11).
Some of us may dislike that because it forces us to go outside of our personal “comfort zones”.
The Christian must recognize that our fleshly nature resists change. It wants its way and it is Set in its ways. The only change it desires is to increase its sinful tendencies and lusts (James 1:13-16).
God is Our Hope amongst Change
The Prophet Malachi shows us something powerful about our God. Our God, the One who redeemed us and saved us - Does Not Change!
He is Same, Yesterday, Today and Forever for Eternity! (Heb 13:8) For the believer, this is a wonderful comfort for us. God does not wake up one morning and decide that we are no longer His children and He no longer wants us.
Who He is, His moral character, person and being does not change. That is our Comfort in a relentlessly world where many are unfortunately left behind. His Word does not change either.
God’s Changes are the Best
Yet the best changes are those implemented by our Lord Himself. We may look forward to those changes, however painful.
The Lord is Sovereign and brings changes both to our personal and our church lives in a Loving manner. He brings changes to bring our lives into conformity with Christlikeness (2Co 3:18).
MBC has gone through tremendous changes over the past 5 years. I cannot personally explain the hows and whys of those changes. What I do instead is seek the Lord regularly whether this is what He would want us to do and to make certain this is where He wants us to go.
Brethren, we need not fear change. What we need to fear is if God is not in it! (Joshua 1:9)
Pastor Jesse Sng