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Sunday, September 7, 2014
Are You Ready For Change?
Change is in the air – can you
A change of season approaches with cooler nights
and shorter days. Our flora and fauna change – fall flowers wear deeper hues and
trees sport orange, gold
leaves. Animals grow thicker coats instinctively preparing for winter. Change
is part of our world. Genesis 8:22 says, “While
the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day
and night shall not cease.”
Nobody experienced more change than Noah and his family.
The global flood changed the face of the earth. Nothing remained the same
except for those on the ark. They must have felt as though they were stepping
out on an alien planet. Nevertheless, Almighty God was there with His covenant
and rainbow. He was their one unwavering constant who says, “I am the Lord, I change not.”
Years later, Abraham and Sarah faced major change.
“…The Lord had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, from your family
and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.’” Abram obeyed
and made the long and grueling trek to Canaan, where God appeared and
proclaimed, “To your descendants I will
give this land.” But first, they would endure four hundred years of slavery
With a mighty hand, the Lord delivered
Israel from Egypt to fulfill His promise. Poised on the edge of this Promised
Land, Israel heard disturbing news from their leader, Moses. God had declared his time as leader was
finished and the Israelites would be following another into the land.
Imagine their shock and dismay. Could they
trust another leader? Would he lead as well as Moses? What changes would come? Undeniably,
God was with Moses. But, would He be with this new leader?
Thankfully, our Omniscient Creator knows
that while sometimes change excites sometimes it causes anxiety.
God had handpicked Joshua, son of Nun, to lead Israel into the Promised Land.
called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, ‘Be strong and of
good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has
sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it…the
Lord…will be with you…”
After Moses’ death, God appeared to Joshua
and said, “…as I was with Moses, so I will be with you, I will not leave you or forsake you…Be
strong and of good courage; do not be afraid nor be dismayed,for the Lord you God is with you wherever you go.”
ThisGod, who doesn’t change is our God too. We
experience much change
in our lifetime and He is our one unwavering constant.
Above Him, there is no other Savior. He goes before us saying, “Do not fear; in
Me, there is peace, but only change and tribulation in the world. So, be of
good cheer, I have overcome the world. I, Jesus Christ, am the same yesterday, today, and forever. As I was with Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, and
Joshua, I am with you.”
For further study please see the following
Scripture: Malachi 3:6; Genesis 6-8, Genesis 12:1-7;
Deuteronomy 31:7-8; Joshua 1:5-9; Isaiah 43:11;
John 16:33; Hebrews 13:8